Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture (CDMICA) addresses knowledge creation and mobilization for both the tangible and intangible conservation, documentation, and digital archiving among our partners (Autodesk Canada, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Heritage Canada Foundation, IBM Canada, ICOMOS Canada, Parks Canada, Public Works and Gouvernment Services Canada). CDMICA employs an innovative re-purposing of existing software and web technologies in a focused study that examines the ethno-cultural character of materials and methods of construction integral to Canada's heritage architecture. (CIMS 2014)

The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is working with the Heritage Conservation Directorate (HCD) and the Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) of Public Works and Governments Services Canada (PWGSC) on the creation of a Building Information Model (BIM) of the West Block of Parliament Hill. The West Block BIM project continues CIMS research in the application of BIM in heritage conservation and rehabilitation. (CIMS 2014)

Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is a Carleton University research center dedicated to the advanced study of innovative, hybrid forms of representation that can both reveal the invisible measures of architecture and animate the visible world of construction. As part of the Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, we are committed to exploring and developing innovative symbiotic relatioshops between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.

(CIMS 2014)

log construction techniques


visual analysis of historic log construction techniques in Canada


The Saskatchewan Living Heritage Region initiative began in 2014 and has developed into a multifaceted project focusing on the vibrancy of social, cultural, and economic opportunities. The region east of Regina, stretching north and south from the Trans-Canada Highway, and including the shores of the Calling Lakes in the Qu'Appelle Valley, possesses a unique combination of tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage resources. These resources contribute to a rich sense of place, sustained by the generous spirit and hospitality of area residents. It is the creativity, resilience and commitment of the people of the region that ensure the program's continued success.


The program aims to both support existing programs and initiatives within the region and provide new heritage and culture-led regeneration opportunities. The communities in the area have self-identified the need to work collaboratively to achieve their goals. Bringing the communities together, forging links across solitudes, and forging a collective vision, will be an ongoing priority of the project.