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HERM 671, “Documentation and Condition Assessment” to be offered in Spring 2021 Semester

April 08, 2021

HERM 671, “Documentation and Condition Assessment” will be offered in the spring/summer semester, May 3 to August 13, 2021, and for the first time, it is being offered in a fully online format with no residency requirement.

HERM 671 is unique within the Heritage Resources Management program in that it has a strong focus on technological tools available to record and document artifacts and heritage spaces. Full details can be found in the online course syllabus.


The Documentation and Condition Assessment Course will explore various techniques and technologies employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording and documenting historic resources. New ways of observing and thinking about the built environment through practical applications of documentation methods and fieldwork activities will be exercised. This course will examine the documentation methods to research, inspect, record, and assess the condition and quality of buildings, districts and cultural landscapes combined with the methods to interpret their historical and architectural significance according to professional standards. HERM 671 will also provide an overview of manual, photographic, and computer-aided extant recording techniques; and building repair assessment techniques.


Dr. Mario Santana Quintero will teach this course. The following is a biographical statement:

“Dr. Santana-Quintero is an associate professor of Architectural Conservation and Sustainability in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University. He is also the Program Director of the NSERC Create Heritage Engineering program based at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio lab (CIMS). He has an architectural degree, holding a masters in conservation of historic buildings and towns, and a PhD in Engineering from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven. He is also a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. In the past few years, he has taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), and Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador).

Mario is the Vice-President of ICOMOS, and serves as an ICOMOS Canada Board member. He is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for UNESCO, The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, the World Monuments Fund, UNDP, the Welfare Association, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.”

For further details on the registration procedures and deadlines, course fees, or for any further information about the course or program, please visit our website; contact the HRM office at”

Updated April 08 2021 by Student & Academic Services

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