Four teachers at the Azrieli School named Favourite Faculty for 2021-2022

December 23, 2021

Four teachers at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, who have positively impacted students, have been named a Favourite Faculty member for the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Students living in residence made 113 nominations campus-wide, in response to a survey by the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services. The survey asked: Who is the faculty member, and why are they so great? 


Here are the architecture school nominations and citations: 

Associate Professor Mariana Esponda


“It is obvious that she is very passionate about her job and that she cares about her students’ success. She goes out of her way to ensure that everyone is doing well in her course and that it is as interesting as possible. She even organized a walking tour so that we could all see the buildings we have been studying throughout the semester.” 

Assistant Professor Miquel Reina Ortiz  

“Miquel has taught us a lot and is always swift to respond to emails, and he will research and email us references for our projects. Miquel is very passionate about conservation architecture, and that shows in class. When Miquel gives feedback on projects, he does it in a professional manner and kind way. You can see that he wants us to succeed and improve our work. Our class is four hours, and on Mondays, he teaches another course right after, so he is teaching from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Overall, he goes above and beyond for his students, and I have a lot of respect and appreciation for him making the best out of the courses he teaches despite the circumstances.” 

Adjunct Professor Ross Adriana Ross


“She is very passionate about the subject she is teaching. She truly pushes us to see things in a different way that we may not have previously considered. She shows interesting and relevant content in class. Her work that she posts on her Instagram inspires a lot of us and shows us what we can aspire to do.” 

Teaching Assistant Alexandra Telford 


“She greatly supported me throughout the class.” 

The purpose of the survey was to find out what students value in their professors and which professors are highly engaged with their students and willing to put in extra time to dedicate to their learning. 


“Our hope was that through this program we would be able to bring more academic learning opportunities to our students outside of the classroom and into their home as a way to better support them in their academics,” according to the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services, which has run the Favourite Faculty initiative since 2015. 


“This has been a challenging couple of years,” Colleen Lamanna, the department’s community manager, wrote to nominees. “Your role at Carleton University is so important and valued. The nomination that you received is evidence that the work that you are doing is not going unnoticed!”  


 See the other nominations here: