Yvan Cazabon, MRAIC is a tenured faculty who, as Associate Director of Professional Programs, has coordinated the professional accreditation of the architecture program over four Accreditation cycles. His expertise in architectural technology contributed to the definition of the building technology curriculum and the comprehensive studios studies for the undergraduate program.
His research focuses on the history/theory of architectural technology with a critical review of building practices and material application in diverse climates – this includes comparative studies with emphasis on Canadian materials, construction techniques and design. Alternative materials and methods, such as compressed fibres, and straw bale construction also figure in his applied research and practice.
In addition, past research in architectural technology led to studies in international development & housing in sub-Sahara Africa (Research grants provided by CARE Zambia and CARE Canada) and the analysis of cultural building traditions with a focus on historical conservation and preservation (In collaboration with Citizens for Conservation Group: Trinidad & Tobago).
Studies in History & Theory of Architecture became aligned with his interests in Design-build and Theatre and Performance Arts allowing for numerous collaborations in Theatre productions. Local collaborations as associate designer include set design for Theatre Aquarius’ production of “Red” (Hamilton, 2016), GCTC’s (Great Canadian Theatre Co. – Ottawa) production of “Burden” (2014), “Facts” (2010), Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Gigi (2003) and N.T.O. (New Theatre of Ottawa) “Brothers of the Brush” (1997).
At Carleton, student-produced performances in collaboration with Carleton’s SAA (South Asian Alliance Dance Troupe – 2010-11) and the English Department’s Theatre Studies program include Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” (April 2013) and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (April 2014) and “You Will be Mine” (a Shakespearean mash-up – 2015), Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information” (2017) as well as plays written and produced by Carleton students from Architecture and the English department including Soliloquies, Sonnets & Selfies (2016, 2017), and Dialogues, Duets & Diatribes (2019).
Master of Architecture, History-Theory – McGill University
Bachelor of Architecture (Professional) – Carleton University
Diploma: Architectural Technology – Algonquin College
ARCN 5909 – Thesis – Directed Research Studio (DRS)
ARCS 5033 – M.Arch.1 Studio III
ARCH 5003 – Design and Culture Workshop: Theatre Production
ARCN 3003 – Theatre Production Workshop
ARCS 4107 – BAS Studio 7
History/Theory of Architectural Technology – Materials and Methods in Northern climates.
Performance and Architecture: Design/Build and production of Theatrical, Musical and Dance performances – Set, Light Visual Design.
As Graduate Architect Intern with the OAA and OAQ, Cazabon worked in a number of Architecture and Design firms in the Ottawa-Gatineau area over a period of 15 years prior to his full-time teaching assignment at Carleton University.