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Nicolas Arellano Risopatron

Contract Instructor

Nicolas Arellano Risopatron is a Ph.D. Candidate at Carleton University focusing on the intersections between architecture and coding through open-source software. He holds a bachelor’s in architecture from Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile (PUC) specialized in “Systems and Technologies” and is certified in “Developing BIM Projects”. He is a research team lead at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) where he has participated in the Canadian Parliament rehabilitation project and has led the Carleton Digital Campus and the Digital Twin prototype projects. For 5 years he taught BIM Fundamentals at Algonquin College. Nicolas is the director of research of the Digital Built National Capital Region (dbNCR), a group dedicated to build and facilitate connections among AECO professionals. He worked at NORR Limited where he learned how to write scripts that allowed him to automate several solutions to repetitive production problems using algorithms and visual programming tools. At PUC he worked as an Adjunct Instructor of “Building Techniques and Construction” and as a researcher at the Centro UC de Innovacion en Madera, which studies the benefits of timber construction.


Ph.D. in Architecture Candidate – Carleton University

Master of Architectural Studies (MAS) – Carleton University (fast-tracked to Ph.D.)

BSc Arch – Universidad Católica de Chile (UC)         

Academic degree Systems and Technologies – Universidad Católica de Chile (UC)                                

Certification program (UC) – “Developing BIM Projects; New Digital Modeling”    


ARCN5005 – Theory and Practice of Architectural Representation


June 2023 — Reina Ortiz, M., K. Golle Cordova, J. F. Solis Bonilla, N. Arellano, M. Santana Quintero, and U. Bonomo. “ONLINE COLLABORATION FOR SOUTH-NORTH HISTORIC SITE RECORDING TRAINING OF EMERGING PROFESSIONALS.” The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLVIII-M-2–2023 (June 26, 2023): 1295–1300.

 June 2023 — Zheng, Y., A. Merchant, J. Laninga, Z. X. Xiang, K. Alshaebi, N. Arellano, H. Romaniuk, S. Fai, and D. H. Sun. “COMPARISON OF CHARACTERISTICS OF BIM VISUALIZATION AND INTERACTIVE APPLICATION BASED ON WEBGL AND GAME ENGINE.” The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLVIII-M-2–2023 (June 26, 2023): 1671–77.

Jun 2022 — Rajus, V., Arellano N., O’Brien, W., Wainer, G., Fai, S. (2022) “Mitigating the Negative Impact of New Buildings on Existing Buildings’ User Comfort—a Case Study Analysis.”, Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, n.d., 21.

Feb 2022 — Rajus, V., Boi-Ukeme, J., Sudhir, R., Arellano, N., Nojedehi, P., Wainer, G., O’Brien, L., Fai, S.., “Measured Data Reliability for Building Performance and Maintenance,” in IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 55-61, February 2022, doi: 10.1109/MIM.2022.9693445

May 2020 — Ala’a Al-Habashna, Vinu Rajus, Nicolas Arellano, Cristina Ruiz-Martin. (2020) “Indoor Localization and Building Occupancy Count Estimation Using LTE-A Ultra-Dense Networks,” (conference paper SimAUD 2020)

Oct 2019 — Graham K, Pybus C, Arellano N, Doherty J, Chow, L, Grunt T, Fai S (Forthcoming). Defining Geometry Levels to Optimize BIM for VR: Insights from Traditional Architectural Media. Technology | Architecture + Design Journal.

Dec 2019 — Federica Goffi et al. InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture. (1st ed.), Routledge. (collaborator)

Aug 2019 — Pybus, C., Graham, K., Doherty, J., Arellano, N., and Fai, S.: New Realities for Canada’s Parliament: A Workflow for Preparing Heritage BIM for Game Engines and Virtual Reality, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 945–952,, 2019.


Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) – Research team lead

dbNCR – Director of research