NSERC Create promoting heritage innovation with the Carleton University’s Heritage Engineering Program

The NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program – research, training & internship program is one of the nationally significant vehicles for heritage conservation innovation.

Fast Facts

  • Hands-on opportunities to work and learn in the built heritage industry
  • Six years, $3.3 M
  • Funded for Masters/PhD students & post-doctoral fellows through federal government’s NSERC CREATE grant program, with additional support from Carleton U.
  • Multi-disciplinary: engineering, architecture, information technology and CDN Studies
  • Led by: Mario Santana (Dept Civil Engineering) and Stephen Fai (Azrieli School of Arch)
  • Research professors from Carleton, Université de Montréal, and Université de Québec à Montréal: civil, environmental, mechanical, aerospace engineering, & above disciplines
  • Funded internships offered: private & public sectors and international organizations
  • Sector-specific skills/experience – benefit Canada’s built heritage industry, grads in finding heritage careers; supports documentation & conservation of our built heritage

Read more about Heritage Engineering here.

Related Initiatives

Annual Heritage Forum

Heritage Engineering Professional Development Workshop 


MTBA is an industry collaborator in the program with our first intern from May to September, 2016.

Mark Thompson Brandt is one of 12 industry experts on the Program Committee and an original supporter of the program.

Collaborators other than MTBA include:

Collaborators are located all over the world, and provide international training opportunities for students.


The long-term objective of the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering program is to produce a cohort of trainees with technical and professional skills that are relevant to Canada’s built heritage industry.

The short-term training objectives of the program are to provide students with:

  • Research experience in their core discipline (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer & Systems Engineering, Industrial Design, Information Technology, Social Sciences or Architecture);
  • An integrated training program in heritage conservation and documentation, including a core course;
  • Targeted internships with heritage professionals in the private and public sectors, including national and international organizations;
  • Professional development workshops to given by industry professionals outside the university; and
  • Annual one-day Heritage Forums.  More information is available here