Prof. Mario Santana-Quintero named a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology International

October 28, 2021

Dr. Mario Santana-Quintero  has been named a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). He  was inducted to the APT’s College of Fellows at a virtual ceremony on October 27, 2021.

The honour recognizes his long-standing and exemplary contributions to the association and the field of historic preservation.

Fellows of APT are nominated by their colleagues and elected by a committee of APT’s members. This prestigious recognition selects six new Fellows every year who demonstrate service to promoting the best technology for preserving historic structures and their settings around the world.

Santana-Quintero is a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, cross-appointed with the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. He is also the director of the NSERC Create program Heritage Engineering based at the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab.

“It’s an honour to be elected as a Fellow of APT,” he says. “For almost a decade at Carleton, I have advanced digital advancement workflows for recording buildings in 3D with a high resolution of detail.”

Santana-Quintero (right) amid the beautifully painted walls of Queen Nefertari’s tomb in Egypt

Santana-Quintero is an internationally recognized research leader in historic site recordings and building conservation. He is the Secretary General for the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Heritage Engineering Program, and the co-lead on Carleton University’s Climate Heritage Network (CHN) commitment to protecting arts and cultural heritage sites from climate change.

“The strong number of conservation research projects at Carleton greatly benefits the advancement of conservation research,” Santana-Quintero says, “especially now at a time where we need to prepare for radical change in our environment and address the impacts of the climate on our arts, culture and heritage sites.”

The Association for Preservation Technology is the premier cross-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Founded in 1968 as a joint venture among Canadian and United States preservationists, APT now has members in more than 30 countries.

APT’s mission is to advance appropriate traditional and new technologies to care for, protect, and promote the longevity of the built environment and to cultivate the exchange of knowledge throughout the international community.