Director: Annmarie Adams
William C. Macdonald Professor
BA (McG.), MArch, PhD (UC Berkeley)
School of Architecture
Tel: (514) 398-3492
annmarie [dot] adams [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
ARCH 627 Research Methods for Arch (Fall 2013) - Syllabus
Major research interests
- the history of hospital architecture
- longterm care institutions
- material culture
- cultural landscape studies
- vernacular architecture
- gender, sexuality and space
Co-chair, " City, Region or Nation? Rewriting Canada's Modern Architecture," Society of Architectural Historians, Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.
Participant, Medical grand rounds, "History and heritage of respiratory medicine at McGill University," Montreal Chest Institute, April 15, 2014.
Workshop speaker, "Death Comes to the Hospital: Maude Abbott and the Medical Museum Movement," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, Toronto, May 22-25, 2014.
Annmarie Adams, "Sex and Buildings," Times Higher Education, 22 August 2013.
Annmarie Adams, “Gender Issues,” Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects, eds. Joan Ockman, Rebecca Williamson (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), 322-29.
Annmarie Adams, “Marjorie’s Web: Canada’s First Woman Architect and Her Clients,” Rethinking Professionalism, eds. Janice Anderson, Kristina Huneault (Montreal: MQUP, 2012), 380-99.
Adams' new book project is entitled Death Comes to the Hospital. Intentionally named like a pocketbook mystery and designed as a convenient 5” x 8” paperback, the book explores the spaces of healing and dying in the late 19th-early 20th-century hospital. The research is intended to be as much about a method of seeing and understanding institutional architecture or any large, complex building typology as about an important, under-studied chapter in the history of medicine. Following on her previous books Architecture in the Family Way (1996) and Medicine by Design (2008), this new project continues to position architecture as primary evidence in the history of medicine, insisting that the visual history of medicine differs significantly from mainstream histories dependent on written evidence. But it also demonstrates, more generally, how to analyze any complex building through its plan, section, and context. In its broad intentions and its modest weight, then, Death Comes to the Hospital looks to seminal how-to books like John Berger’s Ways of Seeing (1972) as a model of how to de-mystify the meanings of visual culture.
Adams looks for graduate students who are interested in pushing the boundaries of traditional methods in architectural research and working in interdisciplinary ways. Recent and current doctoral students studying under her supervision have explored the architecture of McMaster University Medical Centre, CMHC housing competitions, queer domestic space, modern dollhouses, bunker architecture, Newfoundland mission hospitals, women in postmodern urban space, and housing in the Canadian Arctic. Post-professional Masters students are studying exotic movie theatres, the demolition of Montreal's Square Mile district, and national sites of memory.
Reflections on the process of writing: Routes of Writing.