Carleton Immersive Media Studios (CIMS)
Director of CIMS: Stephen Fai

Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is a Carleton University research centre dedicated to the advanced study of innovative, hybrid forms of representation that can both reveal the invisible measures of architecture and animate the visible world of construction. As part of the Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture, we are committed to exploring and developing innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation. Our mandate includes the advancement and development of the tools, processes and techniques involved in the transformation of data into tangible and meaningful artifacts that impact the way we see, think, and work in the world.

CIMS was established as an Organized Research Unit, within the Azrieli School of Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University, through a “New Opportunities” Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant awarded in 2002.


Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (CSALT)
Director of CSALT: Sheryl Boyle

The CSALT Laboratory at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is focused on the study of materiality in architecture. The goal of this research lab is to effect and contribute to the understanding, application and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction and design. Of particular interest in the lab are the secondary properties of materials, the combination of organic and inorganic materials and the reassessment of traditional materials and methods within the context of our contemporary condition. The Facility is located in the Architecture Building.


Carleton Urban Research Lab
The Directors of the Carleton Urban Research Lab are: Catherine Bonier and Ozayr Saloojee

The Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism promotes design thinking — seeking ways to expand research, teaching, and engagement around the Lab’s three central themes: water, cities, and equity. C-URL was founded by Saloojee and Bonier in January of 2017 to support grounded, ethical research engagement and to foster local and international interdisciplinary collaborations. 


Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative
The Director of the Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative is Federica Goffi

C R | P T | Collaborative | is formed by PhD Candidates, PhD students, Post-Professional Master students and faculty of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. The Collaborative pursues research in the humanities with a diverse research agenda that reflects the interests of the collaborators through the Practice of Teaching in academic settings in architecture.

C R | P T | C activities | are collaborative in nature and include research, publications, symposia, and exhibits.

C R | P T | C works | transmediate between the written word and epistemic constructions.


The Carleton Climate Futures Design Lab (the CLIFF)

Director of the CLIFF: Zachary Colbert

The Carleton Climate Futures Design Laboratory combines design and scholarly research in an interdisciplinary setting to explore, anticipate and prototype climate futures in the built environment. This work elucidates productive linkages between architecture and politics toward elevating architecture’s capacity for political engagement both in the classroom and in the field. Through the lens of ‘atmospheres,’ our research weaves together the technical, ethical and post-humanist challenges of our time at the scales of the building and the city. These endeavours intersect with preexisting extensive and international efforts spanning disciplines, ideologies and geographies to re-imagine the North American way of life to address the impacts of climate change and societal climate change adaptation. We seek to unite disparate conversations across disciplines and to examine the interdependent scales of the individual, the community, the city and the region through public consultation, symposia, design charrettes, publications and speculative architectures. Climate change is a planetary phenomenon and while the potential for climate change to impact low-lying, coastal cities is clear; the potential of climate change to adversely impact energy and housing market fluctuations, human migration patterns, regional ecosystem stability, and severe weather events will be felt in inland cities as well. This research provides an opportunity to examine and redefine 21st century practices and paradigms related to North American multi-family housing, urban design, and building construction practices. Additionally, we seek to identify and define civic architectural practice strategies, proactive approaches from within the architecture profession that engage stakeholders in laying the groundwork for climate change adaptation at community and municipal levels.

Directed Studies Abroad (DSA)

Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) is a long tradition and an essential component of our undergraduate programs here at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. DSA options are most often tied to third year design studios, and to the 4th year urbanism and conservation studios.

During the winter break in February, faculty members and students travel to cities around the world. The 10 – 12 day itineraries span multiple cities, where students observe and engage in urban situations outside of Canada, visit the offices of internationally renowned architects, and document specific sites that serve as the context for their design project during the semester. Previous DSA trips have included Italy, Mexico, Myanmar and India. In the Winter of 2019, our undergraduate DSA destinations included trips to Portugal, Turkey and Japan.


International Option Studio

In the winter semester, students have an opportunity to spend 6 weeks abroad in one of our Option Studios Abroad, under the supervision of outstanding academics and practicing architects. Students who opt to participate have take a set of courses while residing abroad. Courses are delivered by renowned architects and scholars who teach and practice in the chosen city. The semester is positioned between the “Gateway / Comprehensive” studio and the yearlong thesis, and offers students an extraordinary and diverse academic experience being immersed in a different cultural context and experiencing diverse approaches to contemporary architecture.

Forum Lecture Series

The Forum Lecture Series is a long-held tradition of the school. First initiated in 1968 and popularized in the 1980s and early 1990s the lecture series was an inspiring event, introducing the Carleton community to leading architectural thinkers of the day. Held during the academic year, approximately one lecture is held per month from the end of September to March.

Re-established in 2004 through the generous endowment of its founding sponsors, Hobin Architecture, IBI Group, GRC Architects, Trinity Development Group, Merkley Supply and Charlesfort Development, the Forum lecture series continues to introduce our students, faculty and the wider Ottawa community to a host of leading practitioners and critics of architecture. As Barry Hobin stated “The importance of the lecture series cannot be stressed enough. It has tremendous opportunities to be a catalyst for better design in the Ottawa area — including the Carleton campus,”

Held in either of two venues, the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium and the Alma Duncan Salon at The Ottawa Art Gallery, our series invites the capital city to engage in emerging ideas and celebrate the architectural profession. Lectures are held on Monday evenings at 6:00pm, and are free and open to the public.


Open Forum Lecture Series

Open Forum is an expansion of the Forum Lecture Series to once again introduce great speakers in the heart of our school. Located in the pit, a series of annual talks will engage our students and faculty in cross-disciplinary ideas and emerging practice. The Open Forum is intended to be a more intimate affair, ranging from focused roundtable discussions to collaborations with other Carleton faculties. The development will give the Azrieli School calendar greater breadth of subject and further depth of critique.

More information to come soon.


The Student Well-being Committee is a group of students, staff, and faculty working together to address student health and well-being. The SWBC is driven by student ideas and initiatives, with the goal of opening dialogues to improve student experiences.


The 5 current working topics of the SWBC are the following:

1. Communication
2. Stress and mental health, general wellness
3. Building condition, comfort, and safety
4. Technology and fabrication
5. Structure and culture of the School


The Azrieli School Student Well-being Committee is trying to collect student feedback to open a dialogue and to improve student experiences. This is a tool for conversation. Information will be shared and discussed.

The role of this portal is to understand student experience and gather data in order to, as best we can, serve the students at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and support your well-being needs. There is no guarantee that we can resolve or act upon all the suggestions and feedback given, however, our aim is to gather information from our students in order to make informed decisions moving forward.

*This is not a regularly monitored portal, and is intended to be used for feedback, NOT for emergency situations. For support and access to resources related to well-being, please view our resource links.



How could student well-being be improved at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism? Please use THIS FORM or click the button below to describe your suggestions, concerns or thoughts on well-being at the school. You can consider broad areas of improvement in terms of well-being and mental health programs, make suggestions for new extracurricular programs or tutorials, speak to conditions of the physical or working environment at the school, etc. Please be as specific as you desire.



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