Keynote Speaker


Mario Santana Quintero

Vice President
Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering, Carleton University

Mario Santana-Quintero, is a professor at department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University teaching courses on Architectural Conservation and Sustainability, as well as, he is currently an associate faculty at the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS) and the director of the NSERC Create program on Heritage Engineering. He has an architectural degree, holding a master in conservation of historic buildings and towns from the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). He is also a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). These past years he has been teaching also at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) and Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador). In the past, he was a Professor at the University College St Lieven and lecturer at the University of Aachen RWTH and the Historic Preservation Programme at the University of Pennsylvania between 2006 and 2011. Along with his academic activities, he serves as Vice President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and he is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for UNESCO, The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, World Monuments Fund, UNDP, Welfare Association, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Dr. Santana’s research interest involves the digital advancement workflows for recording buildings in 3D with a high resolution of detail; this is essential for better characterizing existing buildings and implementing tailored rehabilitation, adaptive use, maintenance and sustainability approaches. Besides, the development of guidelines, specifications and protocols for the improvement of heritage information in the conservation process. As well as to design approaches for handling, storing and presenting large volumes of data generated from the heritage information-gathering activities.