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How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Canada Architecture News - Mar 09, 2022 - 13:17   847 views

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Women are constituting the majority of students in most Canadian architecture schools. But once they graduate the profession should serve their interests equally. Despite all the obstacles women face in this field, many are determined to change the current landscape and put an end to men’s dominance in this field. This short article reviews some of the most recent works of Canadian women architects in celebration of International Women's Day.

Alexandra Biriukova was the first woman registered as an architect in Ontario and the second in Canada.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Bata Shoe Museum. Image © Eberhard J. Wormer

Sonja Bata is famous for her contemporary architectural design of the Bata Shoe Museum.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Project Home Ground; Image courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects

Alison Brooks is another famous Canadian architect whose designs inspired millions.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Frances Bronet; Courtesy of Pratt Institute; Photo © Lyndon French

Frances Bronet is serving currently as the president of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Image courtesy of Teresa Coady

Teresa Coady is a Canadian architect and the author of "Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans"

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Wanda Dalla Costa; Image courtesy of Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

Wanda Dalla Costa is another Canadian architect who is famous for co-designing with indigenous communities for almost two decades now.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Image courtesy of IBUKU

Elora Hardy is a Canadian designer and the founder of the company IBUKU which is inspired by nature.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Building M62 designed by Johanna Hurme; Image © James Florio Photography

Johanna Hurme is a Canadian architect and the co-founder of the firm "5468796 Architecture".

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Image © JavierDo

Phyllis Lambert is a Canadian architect who was involved in the design of Seagram building.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Image © M.Nelson / CC BY-SA 3.0

Vivian Manasc is a Canadian architect who designed the Water Center in Calgary.

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Creekside Paddling Centre; Image courtesy of McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.

Marie-Odile Marceau is a Canadian architect. She is also a principal architect at McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.

Image courtesy of the AIBC

Eva Matsuzaki is the first former woman president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

How Women Shaped Canadian Cities

Image © Joy von Tiedemann, courtesy of University of Toronto School of Architecture John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel is a Canadian architect well-known for planning Expo 67 and leading the preservation of Old Montreal.


Top image: Lawren Harris House by Alexandra Biriukova, 1930. Canadian Homes and Gardens, 1931.

Sources: 

> “Is the male dominance of architecture coming to an end?” on Australian Design Review.

> “The Glass Tower: Why We Need More Women Architects” on Azure.

> Torontoist website.