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Welcome to the Masonry Centre!

The Masonry Centre at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering will be launching soon. It will be the first of its kind throughout Western Canada.

With a $2.5 million contribution from the Northern Chapter of the Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta (MCAA-North), the Faculty has established an endowed Chair of the Masonry Systems within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The U of A Masonry Centre is composed of four world class experts, among whom is the current Chair-holder of the MCCA endowed Chair of Masonry Structures, Dr. Carlos Cruz-Noguez, whose interest in masonry started at a young age. Each expert possesses different experiences affiliated with their research interest, focused on the analysis, design for the high performance of structures during changing conditions.

The Masonry Centre aims to develop state-of-the art sustainable, economical and durable masonry systems in response to the challenges we currently face caused by climate change. To obtain these solutions, the Centre will focus research on the masonry science by analyzing critical infrastructures using the latest technologies, while generating new, innovative ones for improvement.

The Centre’s purpose is to grow and nurture the graduate program at the University of Alberta, as well as the undergraduate program, by including academics who are actively involved with building, energy code development and specifications. The results from the research conducted within the Centre will be shared with students, engineers and other design professionals, and the broader community to ensure the technologies can be available everywhere.

Are you interested in being part of ground-breaking discoveries that will impact the world for the best? Undergraduate and graduate students, we invite you to join us on January 25th, 2019 at 8 a.m to 12 p.m (MST) in the Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering building (D.ICE) on the 8th floor, Pheasey Common.

It will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Centre, its origin and purpose, to provide you with a better understanding of masonry systems directly from experts on campus and guests.