Jesse RAFEIRO - Tokyo College
Postdoctoral Fellow


01 Description of Research

During my PhD I theorized approaches to architectural education by analyzing a broad range of contemporary discourses. My research incorporated perspectives from philosophy, education theory, anthropology, biology and literature studies which have in the past few decades, begun to challenge the anthropocentrism of Western cultural traditions. Drawing from these discourses, I argued that fiction is positioned, in different yet compatible ways, as a speculative opportunity to imagine “de-anthropocentric” human relationships to nonhuman planetary life.

In addition to my doctoral research, I have been developing a research background in digital heritage in Canada and Portugal. This led to the co-founding of IPTI (Investigation in Patrimony: Tangible and Intangible), a research endeavour developing digital documentation, reconstruction and storytelling approaches for architectural heritage. One of the present focuses of this endeavour is in communicating the ecological principles of a Capuchin “form of life” across a network conventual spaces in Portugal.

While at Tokyo College, I plan to continue bridge these two research backgrounds, leveraging the storytelling capacity of digital tools to communicate past forms of life which reflect “de-anthropocentric” values. The fellowship in Japan will be an important opportunity to engage non-Western storytelling and history.

02 Short Biography

2022 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo College

2021-2022 Researcher, Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa

2021 PhD in Architecture, Carleton University

2016 Master of Architecture, McGill University

2013 Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Carleton University

03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Rafeiro, Jesse, Ana Tomé and João Luís Fontes. “Giving Depth to the Traces of Nossa Senhora da Piedade da Caparica.” Protection of Historical Constructions. PROHITECH 2021. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 209 (2022): 1268–1284.

Sgarbi, Claudio and Jesse Rafeiro. “The Fabbriceria and the Mise en a-BIM. Where and What are We Trying to Hide?” In The Routledge Companion to Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying, edited by Federica Goffi, 100-113. London: Routledge, 2021.

Chow, Lara, Katie Graham, Tyler Grunt, Martine Gallant, Jesse Rafeiro and Stephen Fai. “The Evolution of Modelling Practices on Canada’s Parliament Hill: An Analysis of Three Significant Heritage Building Information Models (HBIM).” The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-2/W11 (2019): 419-426.

Fai, Stephen and Jesse Rafeiro. “Establishing an Appropriate Level of detail (LOD) for a Building Information Model (BIM) – West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada.” ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, vol II-5 (2014): 123-130.