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Director: Annmarie Adams

Annmarie Adams (Lea Grahovac)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 355 Architectural History 4 (Winter 2014) - Syllabus

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

Forthcoming Events

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.

Speaker, "In the Spirit of Nightingale," Jewish General Hospital annual Nurse-Scholar In Residence Day, Montreal, May 12, 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.

Recent Publications

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.

PDFs of selected publications


Dr. Annmarie Adams is Director and William C. Macdonald Professor at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal. She is the author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens University Press, 1996), Medicine by Design:  The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and co-author of Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (University of Toronto Press, 2000).   Her research focuses on bodies and space, including a study of gender-variant children at home, the design of long-term care institutions, and how hospitals cope with death.  Her research has garnered numerous awards, including the Jason Hannah Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, a CIHR Health Career Award, and a YWCA Woman of Distinction prize. She works closely and has co-published with colleagues in medicine, nursing, anthropology, geography, urban planning, history, and women’s studies.  She is a Mentor in the University of Toronto’s CIHR-training program, Heath Care Technology and Place (HCTP) and has held research funds from CIHR, the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, SSHRC, Heritage Canada, and the Australian Research Council.  She is a board member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, Winterthur Portfolio, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.


Reflections on the process of writing:  Routes of Writing.