Coming to Carleton’s Bachelor of Media Production and Design program from architecture may not seem an obvious progression but it works for Katie Graham.
The BMPD’s second full-time faculty member (joining Associate Professor Victoria McArthur) will take up her position as an instructor within the School of Journalism and Communication in July. She will begin teaching the BMPD’s 30 second-year students in September in the program’s basics of visual communication courses.
Katie is well suited to lead students through the world of visual communication as she comes from Carleton’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). It is a research lab affiliated with the university’s School of Architecture whose focus is on how advanced digital technologies and hybrid forms of representation can reveal the invisible aspects of architecture.
While there, projects she had led have created online and mobile applications to guide the public through a virtual reality tour of Canada’s Senate. She has also led similar projects involving engaging the public around the decade-long rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings now under way and an upcoming virtual reality project that converts the building information model of the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings into an immersive environment using the game engine Unity 3D.
Katie received her BAS (2008) and M.ARCH (2010) from Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She is currently completing her PhD in Architecture with a focus on the relationship between architecture and virtual reality storytelling, focusing on how the emerging medium introduces new narrative possibilities.
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