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Research Collective



Associate Professor and CSALT Director

Professor Boyle supervises materials research in concrete, cellulose, building lime, historic pigments and construction systems through teaching and research activities. She has recently been named the recipient of the 2019 Precast Studio Program Award from the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) which will allow CSALT to enhance our 3D printing technologies and experiment with Ultra-High Performance concrete. She is also a part of the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Communities Research Cluster funded through Carleton's Multidisciplinary Research Catalyst Fund in 2019.

Professor Boyle  currently holds an National Sciences and Engineering Development Grant entitled "Developing Hemp Hybrid Wall Structural Insulated Panels for Carbon Neutral Construction using Large Scale 3-D printing" and serves as the Graduate Supervisor to Jesse Bird on a MITACS funded project: Design Development for Prefabricated Building Components using Nano/Microfibrillated Cellulose (NMFC).  She was an investigator on the Urbandale Centre for Home Energy Research project which included funding from Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Research Fund, Urbandale Construction and many local sponsors. She is a strong advocate for healthy materials in design and construction, resilience and endorses a hands-on approach to experiential learning of architecture and making.

Research Faculty

Professor Voordouw has supervised research in digital fabrication, new media, construction systems while dealing with critical issues of representation of the digital.  His exploratory work in materiality is a key contribution to the CSALT Collective.

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Research Faculty

Professor Erochko conducts design and testing research in building material assemblies with an emphasis on wood and timber and hybrid assemblies of wood/steel and wood/concrete.  He leads the Erochko Research Group whose projects include seismic-resistant systems for timber buildings, passive damping and isolation strategies for retrofits and new design, as well as new and innovative hybrid modelling and simulation testing techniques for structures. Hybrid simulation is a newly emerging testing technique that combines the strengths of analytical modelling and experimental testing to analyze the response of a complete structural system. 

Jeff is a member of the MITACS funded project: Design Development for Prefabricated Building Components using Nano/Microfibrillated Cellulose.  He joins Professor Boyle as part of the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Communities Research Cluster funded through Carleton's Multidisciplinary Research Catalyst Fund in 2019. Jeff is also an innovative educator and runs a YouTube channel called The Civil Professor.


Research Faculty

Professor Colbert’s teaching and research are situated within the growing recognition that the societal, economic and political dimensions of climate change should be foregrounded in considering our approaches to urban development and multi-family housing in the 21st century.  Zach is a part of the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Communities Research Cluster funded through Carleton's Multidisciplinary Research Catalyst Fund in 2019 along with Professor Boyle from CSALT. He has recently been awarded the New Frontiers in Research grant bringing together Mechanical Engineering, Public Policy, Housing and Architecture.

He is a licensed architect in Ontario and in the U.S. States of New York and Arizona, and his architectural practice engages design research though the development of novel building materials and material systems in built work.

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2019 3D Printer Research Assistant

Walter Fu is an incoming graduate student who has assisted CSALT with the integration of code and 3D modeling software for architecture.  Together with Moe Zalat, they completed the first successful concrete extrusion this summer.  We look forward to the expertise that Walter will bring to the CPCI Studio lab 3D printing equipment upgrades. His work at CSALT is funded by a National Sciences and Engineering Research Development Grant through Professor Boyle.


CSALT Materials Lab Assistant 2018/19

Mina Morcos brings his expertise from Carleton's excellent Industrial Design program to the CSALT Lab.  He assisted in the design of our large format 3-D printer and materials lab construction project led by RA's Rachel Rodd and Shawn Duval.

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CSALT Teaching Assistant

Ally Pereira-Edwards is an incoming graduate student at Carleton. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba in 2017, where she studied in the architecture stream. After graduation, Ally worked store planning and later in product development at Canadian furniture company EQ3. In her role as product developer, she worked closely with modelling software and manufacturers to produce an array of products. Ally will be assisting CSALT in numerous ways throughout the term.


Lab Assistant

Najeeb is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at Carleton University with a keen interest in sustainable design, biomaterials and 3D printing fabrication technologies. He is currently part of a team working on the design and development of a biomass reactor to convert biomass residue from a greenhouse into a useful high-value bioproducts, essentially making the greenhouse a closed stand–alone system. His knowledge and understanding of sustainable design and 3D modelling will serve as an asset to the CSALT team.



Lab Assistant

Shirley joins the CSALT team from Carleton's Architecture program. She is curious about the possibilities of exploring the inherent qualities of materials and how they react to different stimuli, as well as the potential behaviours when interacted with other properties. Also of interest is how the use of certain materials can reveal stories of a place and affect users in their interactions with that space.


Lab Assistant

Jamie is currently an undergrad student coming into CSALT to operate the new 3D Clay printer as well as future lab experiments. Interested in the potential of 3D printing, he wants to explore the Architectural and sculptural properties in which to create efficient yet aesthetically pleasing building components. Alongside with the team, Jamie will assist in the ventures of the lab for this coming term.

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CSALT Cellulose Research & Design Intern

Jesse leads the Cellulose Research Project funded by MITACS and industry partners Prosperium Global Solutions and Zeoform (Australia) under the supervision of Professor Boyle. He is the 2017 winner of the Custom Residential Architects Network International Student Competition HERE + NOW hosted by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture.  His work explored the creative use of prefabricated SIP panels for remote construction.  See the details and judges comments at  HERE + NOW. 


CSALT Research Assistant 2019

Moe Zalat joined us from Systems and Computer Engineering with his unique blend of creative thinking for hardware and software including work on a FDM 3D printer. Moe was the recipient of an NSERC Undergraduate Research Student Award (Summer 2018) working with algorithms to reconstruct and extract a 3D object mesh using a fixed RGB-d sensor and a robotic arm to manipulate the object. Moe's work is funded through Professor Boyle's CU-NSE development grant. He led the coding project on the large format 3D printer through to our first successful print in the spring.

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CSALT Research Associate

Justin joined CSALT as Research Associate for the "Sustainable Communities: Food Security, Housing, and Social Interaction" Interdisciplinary Research Cluster with Professors Boyle and Colbert from CSALT architecture and our interdisciplinary team across Carleton from biology, geography and environmental studies, engineering, chemistry, psychology, food studies, communications and political science.

His work involved conducting a literature review of current sustainable food production, urban and building design, and social wellness practices in Canada, with a focus on benefiting remote communities.  He worked to define project scope through academic, private, and public sector networking.

Justin was the 2019 winner of the Maxwell Taylor Prize for incorporating building technologies into his master's thesis work on building rainscreen technologies and the poetics of decay supervised by Professor Boyle. He was also the 2018 winner of the prestigious American Institute of Architects Top Ten Student Award from the Committee of the Environment.  His research in sustainable materials and prefabricated construction systems were highlighted by the international jury.  See his work online at TOP TEN 2018.


CSALT Materials Lab Assistant 2018/19

Rebecca Robinson joined us from Carleton's biomedical and mechanical engineering program.  Her work included research for our large scale 3-D printing lab. She performed early testing on torrefaction for construction materials and assisted with equipment sourcing and design implementation.

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Graduate Research Assistant, CSALT Lab Designer 2018

Rachel joined the CSALT team in Fall 2018 as Lab Designer in charge of expanding the equipment available in the CSALT basement lab, including our new kiln, large format 3-D concrete printer, vacuum oven and overall lab mechanical and electrical requirements. Rachel successfully defended her Masters Thesis in the spring of 2019. At CSALT, she was funded by a National Sciences and Engineering Research Development Grant through Professor Boyle.


Graduate Research Assistant, CSALT Lab Manager 2018

Shawn joined the CSALT team in Fall 2018 as Lab Manager overseeing daily lab activities, equipment research, and lab design visualization.  He led the early research on thermal modification of cellulose with Rebecca feeding into Jesse Bird's MITACS project. Shawn successfully defended his Masters Thesis in the spring of 2019. His work at CSALT was funded by a National Sciences and Engineering Research Development Grant through Professor Boyle.

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CSALT Cellulose Project Consultant

Ben Hayward was the recipient of a 2017 Carleton University Research Opportunity grant initiated by Professors Boyle and Voordouw which he used to fund construction of his Solar Thermal Tiny House in 2017. The project aired on HGTV's series Tiny House Big Living as the show Futuristic Funky Tiny (Season 8, Episode 14) documenting Ben's innovative design and fabrication project from start to finish. The project is the second tiny house for Ben building on his first private work called the Hobbit House which had over a million hits on social media.  Ben's work explores healthy materials, digital fabrication and curvilinear wood forms. Ben is also a National Team Kayak athlete and is poised to compete for Canada in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  Follow Ben on Twitter at @bengrh and on Instagram at haywardben.