'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession

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'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession
The authors point out that while Quebec in 1942 was the last province to accept women as registered architects, the early experience of its female pioneers took place in a context much different than that of the rest of Canada. Montreal saw an unprecedented building boom in the 1960s, and women architects, more than their counterparts elsewhere in the country, were able to take highly visible roles in creating the built environment. Among the women architects during this period were the Austrian-born Eva Hollo Vecsei, who worked on Place Bonaventure; Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, a graduate of McGill's school of architecture, who, with her husband, did the original master planning for Expo 67; Dorice Brown Walford, who received her Master's degree in architecture from McGill, was a project architect for the innovative Telephone Pavilion at Expo and went on to specialize in hospital planning for several of the major medical centres in Montreal, including the Allan Memorial Institute at the Royal Victoria Hospital; Pauline Clarke Barrable was a member of the Place Bonaventure design team; Sarina Altman Katz was senior project architect for Habitat projects in the offices of Moshe Safdie; and Janet Leys Shaw Mactavish developed innovative designs for schools on the west island of Montreal.
Toronto, ON
University of Toronto Press
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Translated into French by Linda Lamontagne as: L’Architecture au féminin: une profession à redéfinir. Montreal: Les éditions du remue-ménage, 2002.

Adams, Annmarie, and Peta Tancred. “Designing Women”: Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
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