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

Ted Remerowski

1 Jan 1999

Oh, why McGill. I guess when I was in high school, I fell in love with painting and I thought My God, wouldn’t that be wonderful to be an artist! And being the son of an immigrant, my father said, ...

Rudolph (Rudy) Javosky

11 Dec 1998

Well I think, you know, the question of why did I choose McGill and what led me into architecture is an interesting one because as a young boy, I used to like to draw a lot and I’d been successful...

Norbert Schoenauer

4 Dec 1998

I became an architect because my uncle was an architect. And he was the older brother of my father and his wife was the older sister of my mother. And they didn’t have any children. So they were...

John Hancock

30 Nov 1998

Talk about how you originally became and decided to become an architect.

Brett Cane

17 Nov 1998

I spent seven of the best years of my life (tape glitch) …seven notches. And I was told the reason why we have seven notches is because, although the official course in those days from 1963 to ’70...

Gavin Affleck

13 Nov 1998

Tell me how you decided to become an architect.

Patricia Falta

9 Nov 1998

Note: The first part of the interview was recorded without sound

Robert John Pratt

6 Nov 1998

How did you decided to become an architect....

Julian Jacobs

20 Sep 1998

Talk about the early days, how you decided to become an architect.

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