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Director: Annmarie Adams

Annmarie Adams (Lea Grahovac)
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 2015)

ARCH 533 New Approaches to Arch History (Fall 2014) - Syllabus

ARCH 627 Research Methods for Arch (Fall 2014)


Major research interests

  • the history of hospital architecture
  • longterm care institutions
  • material culture
  • cultural landscape studies
  • vernacular architecture
  • gender, sexuality and space



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:  The McGill Writing Centre.