Introduction

The following interviews with alumni of the School were undertaken between 1995 and 1999 to celebrate the 1996 centennial of the School, all but five of them conducted by Jim Donaldson (B.Arch. 1962); the other five interviews (Bland, Mayerovitch, Merrett, Richards and Wilson) were conducted by Harry Mayerovitch (B.Arch. 1933), David Covo (B.Arch. 1974), and Annmarie Adams (B.A. 1981).

The original VHS tapes were digitized and transcribed by student Maria Javornik (M.Arch. 2007), with the assistance of School media technician Carrie Henzie. The interviews - transcribed verbatim - were proofread by Derek Drummond (B.Arch. 1962). They were then corrected and formatted for the web by student Jessica Thatcher (M.Arch. 2010).

Acknowledgement and thanks go to Air Canada for providing air transportation that facilitated the taping of these interviews and to Armstrong that subsidized a portion of the costs associated with this venture.


The context of this interview is that the School of Architecture is preparing to celebrate its centennial this coming year. And in connection with that, it was felt that some recollections, some notions by those who participated in the early development of the school who were either students or professors there, that these notions would be well to have preserved so that, no doubt, in another hundred years, those future generations will benefit from our experience.
- Harry Mayerovitch, interviewing John Bland in 1995

Alumni Interviews

Dorice Walford

1 Jul 1999

Well, McGill was my second university, as you probably know. I did my Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and I did my Masters at McGill. But how I decided to be an architect, it...

Adrian Sheppard

1 Jul 1999

The first thing we would be interested in hearing is why you became an architect, and why McGill?

Derek Drummond

28 Jun 1999

So I guess the first thing we would like to know is why you decided to become an architect and why McGill.

David Bourke

23 Jun 1999

In my case, it was pretty easy. I was at Westmount High School in the early forties; I guess it was junior high, in the eighth grade or thereabouts. And at that time it was a thoroughly modern...

Patrick Stoker

1 May 1999

Oh, I decided to become an architect when I was about fifteen years old. I was very interested in construction.

Thomas Berkes

21 Apr 1999

Tell a little story. I’m sure we’ll all be interested.

Paul Zajfen

20 Apr 1999

Actually, I started off thinking I was going to be an engineer. In high school, I was really good at math and couldn’t speak English very well. I don’ t know if I can any better now, but-. And so

Charles (Chuck) Brown

20 Apr 1999

The first part of the segment, I would like for you to talk about why you decided to become and architect and how you happened to choose McGill.

Kevin Curran

19 Apr 1999

So the question is why I became an architect. Well, let’s think. I didn’t want to work in an office, I wanted to be outside. I wanted to draw, I wanted to basically not work in an office, I wanted...

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