2002-2003

a) Special events

  • The School of Architecture hosted a very successful international conference for the Northeast Region of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in October, 2002, under the direction of Conference Chair Professor Vikram Bhatt of McGill. 29 participants from 25 institutions in Canada and the USA presented 33 papers in a series of workshops moderated by McGill faculty members. The proceedings were published in full for distribution at registration, and a copy has been included with this report.
  • In October, the School hosted a meeting of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education.
  • In June, 2003, the School hosted the Annual Meeting of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, under the direction of co-chairs Professor Annmarie Adams of McGill and Dr. Keir Waddington of the School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University. 20 papers were presented by scholars from institutions in Canada, the USA, the UK, Holland, France, Italy and Australia.
  • In the winter, spring and summer of 2002, the School of Architecture was actively involved in the planning and installation of a major exhibition of the work of French photographer Yann-Arthus Bertrand, "La Terre Vue de Ciel", which was launched in early June, 2002. The exhibition included approximately 140 large photographs arranged in a linear exhibition along one side of McGill College Avenue from Ste-Catherine Street to Sherbrooke Street, culminating in a 32 by 64 foot horizontally mounted map of the world on the lower campus. The display stands were designed by Adjunct Professor Howard Davies (Atelier Big City), and the design and assembly of the map were coordinated by the School of Architecture, working with a team of undergraduate students and Keith Roche, Chief Carpenter, Faculty of Arts. The exhibition was coordinated and sponsored by the Swiss Bank Lombard Odier, and was dismantled in September, 2002.

b) Awards and appointments to staff

  • Avi Friedman and Adjunct Professor Louis Pretty received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Award in March, 2003, for their M.Arch II studio project 'Retooling the heart of a city — Cornwall.'
  • David Covo was the winner of the 2003 Samuel and Ida Fromson Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • In July, 2003, Professor Ricardo Castro completed a successful 3-year term as Director of L'Institut pour la Recherche en l'Histoire d'architecture (IRHA).

c) Awards to students

  • Of the four AIA/AHA Graduate Fellowships in Health Facility Planning and Design awarded in North America, two went to McGill students: Nirit Pilosof, M. Arch. II (Domestic Environments), and Diana Anderson, M. Arch. I (professional).
  • Third year student Nazia Aftab was awarded a Cohos Evamy Scholarship for her proposal for a study of the work of Tadao Ando.
  • McGill students and recent graduates (competing as interns) were successful in the annual Charrette, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and open to students from McGill, Concordia, U de M, Carleton, Laval and UQAM. Six awards were presented, three first prizes, ex aequo, and three mentions.
    • First prize (one of three ex aequo): Dany Hasswani, Rami Bebawi, Tudor Radulescu, Simon Crevier (McGill)
    • Mention (one of three): Arianne Collin, Joanne Frisch and Leanne Croft (McGill), Paola Guntaur and Steve Blanchette (UQAM)
    This year the design problem addressed 'lost urban space' and attracted submissions from 67 teams of students and interns from six different institutions.
  • In March, 2003, nineteen third-year McGill Students participated in a five-day Charrette with architecture and landscape architecture students from Université de Montréal. Each team was multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional, including students from the architecture and landscape architecture programs at each of the two universities. McGill students Yi-Ting Hui, Herman Truong and Po Suen, and Vanessa Fong and Mathieu Larouche, were members of the first, second and third place teams respectively.

d) Professional competitions

Last year, two architectural firms directed by graduates (who also teach as Adjunct Professors in the School) were successful in the open, two-stage competition for a new municipal library for the City of Chateauguay. The winner of the competition, and the commission, was the team led by Atelier TAG (Manon Asselin, Architect), who also, a few months later, won a second competition, and the commission, for le Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne (in consortium with Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte). In addition to maintaining her practice, Professor Asselin continues to teach in the first year design program, is working on her PhD, and is expecting her first child this fall.

e) Recent publications

  • Peeking Through the Keyhole: The Evolution of North American Homes, by Avi Friedman and David Krawitz, was published by McGill-Queen's Press.
  • Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from A Newfoundland Fishing Village, by Professor Robert Mellin, was published by the Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Chora 4: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, edited by Professors Alberto Pérez-Gómez of McGill and Stephen Parcell of Dalhousie, was scheduled for publication in spring 2003.
  • Designing Women, by Annmarie Adams and Peta Tancred, has been translated as L'architecture au feminine: une profession à redéfinir, published by les editions remue-ménage.

f) PhD Program

The PhD program continues to attract outstanding scholars exploring a broad range of research topics. Six students completed their dissertations this year.

  • Torben Berns, "The paradox of a modern (Japanese) architecture".
  • Robert Kelly, "In search of Michelangelo's tomb for Julius II: reconstructing that for which no fixed rule may be given".
  • Robert Kirkbride, "The Renaissance studioli of Federico da Montefeltro and the architecture of memory".
  • Irena Murray, "Our Slav Acropolis: language and architecture in the Prague Castle under Masaryk".
  • Rhona Richman Kenneally, "The tempered gaze: medieval church architecture, scripted tourism, and ecclesiology in early Victorian Britain".
  • Rachelle Navarro Astrand, "A selection model to choose innovative building systems for progressive housing with special reference to Metro Manila, Philippines".

g) Exhibitions

Exhibitions form an integral part of the School's strategy to frame a social and professional context for studies in architecture. The list below identifies public exhibitions that include the work of staff and students of the School, distinguished practitioners, and artists whose work attempts to develop links with architectural and urban issues. Exhibitions held this year included:

  • History and Theory: Final Projects
    An exhibition of final projects by the Master's students in the History & Theory programs.
  • INHH Conference: Exhibitions
    Two exhibitions associated with the 3rd conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals. One features 10 student design projects for the proposed MUHC from McGill University, Université Laval and Texas A&M. The second displays posters inspired by the conference theme, Form + Function: The Hospital.
  • The McGill Series
    Images of McGill University by Mark Laguë. Sponsor: the Marchant Gallery, Lancaster, Ontario.
  • Sketching School 2002
    An exhibition of student work from Sketching School 2002 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
  • Reformulating Constraints
    Projects by Down + Livesey Architects 1995-2002.
  • Greece and Italy: Summer Courses Abroad 2000-2002
    An exhibition of student work.
  • Contemporary Finnish architecture photographed by Jussi Tiainen
    Photographs and models.
  • 50 Years of Healthcare Design
    50 hospitals from 50 years of architectural work by Zeidler Grinnell Partnership, Toronto.

h) Lecture Series

Visiting lecture series continue to provide an important point of contact for students with academics and practitioners. The most important of these is our regular Fall and Winter evening program, which was coordinated by M.Arch. student Jan Schotte and Professor Martin Bressani.

Fall 2002 speakers were:

  • Mark Pimlott, Artist/Architect, London, UK
    Places
  • Jacques Herzog, Architect, Basel, Switzerland
    Herzog and de Meuron (in association with the CCA)
  • Peter Busby, Architect, Vancouver
    Recent Works
  • nARCHITECTS, Eric Bunge & Mimi Hoang, Architects, NYC
    Interference (Sheila Baillie Hatch Lecture in Architecture)
  • Ben Katchor, Graphic Novelist, NYC
    The Great Museum Cafeterias of the Western World (inaugural lecture, William Hobart Molson Lecture)

The Winter 2003 series included:

  • Will Alsop, Architect, London, UK
    Recent Works (Steel Structures Education Foundation Lecture)
  • Brigitte Shim, Architect, Toronto
    No Boundaries (Sheila Baillie Hatch Lecture in Architecture)
  • Stephen Teeple, Architect, Toronto
    Recent Work
  • Anthony Vidler, Dean, Cooper Union, NYC
    Block/Blob/Blur: From the Cube to the Cloud in Architecture (co-sponsored with Art History & Communication Studies)

Two additional lectures, a continuation of the Architectural Students' Association's lunchtime Brownbag Lectures, were presented by prominent Montreal architects in March 2003.

The School continues to host the lecture series "Mardis verts" (Green Tuesdays), which is sponsored by Public Works and Government Services Canada and a number of building product manufacturers and suppliers, and organized by the Order of Architects of Quebec Committee on Environment and Architecture. The OAQ presented three lectures in Fall 02 and four in Winter 03.

  • Renée Daoust, Architect and Urbanist with the consortium Gauthier, Daoust, Lestage Inc., Faucher, Aubertin, Brodeur, Gauthier et Lemay et associés
    Le Centre CDP Capital (Caisse de dépôt), un gratte-ciel à l'horizontale (sponsored by Infoconstruction.com)
  • Martial Desrochers and Angeline Spino, Development Director, Société de développement environmental de Rosemont (Desrochers), Architect (Spino)
    Le recyclage en design architectural (sponsored by CGC)
  • François Emond, Andy Kozina and Carl Mulvey, Architects, ékm architecture
    Examples of Sustainable Architecture in Educational Projects: Arts & Science Pavilion of West Island College and Kanesatake Mohawk Immersion School (sponsored by Goodfellow)
  • Pierre M. Richard and Josée Bérubé, Architect, PWGSC / Architect, Cardinal et Hardy (Bérubé)
    L'Hôpital Sainte-Anne: vers un meilleur milieu de vie (sponsored by Gesfor Poirier Pinchin Inc.)
  • Raynald Saint-Hilaire and Joel Courchesne, Architects, Lemay et Associés
    Le développement durable, une question de santé: différents projets dont les mégahopitaux (sponsored by Forbo Linoleum Inc.)
  • Ron Nemeth, Architect, Zeidler Grinnell Partnership
    Les projets hospitaliers de Zeidler Grinnell Partnership: Une architecture qui guérit (sponsored by BPC Celotex)
  • Claude Sauvageau, Architect
    Le centre hospitalier Anna-Laberge: Un modèle à suivre? (sponsored by EMCO Building Products Ltd.)

i) Fundraising and alumni donations

  • The Class of 1977, under the joint leadership of Carole Scheffer and Alan Orton, has pledged a gift of $50,000 to the School to support participation by distinguished visiting critics in the professional Master of Architecture program. This gift complements annual giving by graduates and friends to the School, which continues to grow every year.
  • A recent gift by graduate David Molson, B. Arch. '51 has enabled our third endowed lecture series in architecture in two years, complementing the Sheila Baillie Hatch Lecture which was inaugurated in the spring of 2002, and the Structural Steel Educational Fund Lecture, part of a program launched last year by Professor Loraine Dearstyne-Fowlow of the University of Calgary. The first William Hobart Molson Lecture in Architecture was held in the fall of 2002, and featured Ben Katchor, NYC-based comic artist.
    • New endowed lecture: The William Hobart Molson Lecture in Architecture
      Established in 2002 by David Molson, B. Arch. '51, in honour of his father William Hobart Molson. The William Hobart Molson Lecture in Architecture is an annual public lecture, or series of lectures, which is managed and hosted by the School of Architecture and intended to celebrate the work of distinguished educators and practitioners.

j) Student travel

  • The 2002 Shaver Traveling Scholarship was held in Malta in June 2002. Professor Vikram Bhatt led a group of nine students on an intensive and highly successful study of the island.
  • 24 students participated in the 2003 Summer Course Abroad in Greece, under the direction of Professor Ricardo Castro.

k) Student governance and participation

The Architecture Students' Association (ASA) remains extremely active in the School and in the university community. The ASA Council and other student volunteers contribute enormously to the academic and social life of the School. Their enthusiastic participation in the Annual Phonathon, Open House, Orientation, Reunion, Recruiting and other activities, including a number of regular and spectacularly successful parties, is pivotal.

l) Physical resources

  • With additional support from the university, we have completed the first phase of the restoration of the new exhibition room on the main floor, in the former premises of the wood and metals workshop. Remaining projects for the space include permanent lighting and an flexible display system.
  • A grant from the Faculty of Engineering has enabled the purchase and installation of a new laser cutter, model X-660 Laser Platform from Universal Laser Systems Inc., in the School workshop. The new facility will be operational for the fall term, 2003.
  • In the summer of 2002, the university installed wireless networks in a number of buildings and departments, including, as a pilot project, the School of Architecture and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In the School of Architecture, design studios on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth floors of the Macdonald-Harrington Building are now served by strategically distributed wireless access points; other studios, classrooms, seminar rooms, crit rooms and the Architecture Café will be added to the wireless network with the installation of additional access points in the fall of 2003.

m) Human resources

  • In the summer of 2002, the Faculty of Engineering approved the School's proposal for a new support position in Information Technology and multi-media. The position was filled in July 2003, and the new technician will start in August. The difference between this position and the Photography Technician's position sacrificed in 1996 is that the new position combines expertise in digital and traditional media with the technical skills necessary to support the variety of equipment and processes required for the successful operation of our teaching and research programs.
  • The School of Architecture was a major partner in the Department of Mechanical Engineering's application to the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for a new Faculty Chair in Design for Extreme Environments. The program, which will support new full-time and part-time positions in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture, respectively, was approved by NSERC in February, 2003. Professor Jorge Angeles of Mechanical Engineering is the new NSERC Chair in Design for Extreme Environments, and Professor Julia Bourke has been appointed to a new half-time position in the School of Architecture with teaching and research responsibilities in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Professor Derek Drummond resumed his position at the School on June 1, 2003, having completed an extremely successful 7-year term as Vice-Principal (Development and Alumni Relations).

n) New program initiatives: Urban Design

  • On February 25, 2003, the City of Montreal approved a new protocol d'entente with l'Université de Montréal and McGill University. Involving the Schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at l'Université de Montréal, and the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning at McGill, the entente is based on a series of projects in teaching and research in urban design and is intended to stimulate the exploration and development of strategies to protect and improve the quality of Montreal's built environment. The City will be directing more than $100,000 into the program in the first year.
  • Among the six projects anticipated in the first year of the entente, the first was a competition for students in architecture and landscape architecture that examined possibilities for the transformation of a downtown parking lot into a high quality public space. The site for this exercise was Place Eugène-Lapierre, at the corner of de Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance. Robert Libman, architect and member of the Executive Committee and responsible for planning, urbanism and architecture, has announced that the City intends to implement the winning scheme.
  • The most interesting of the dossiers included in the entente is based on the development of a new joint graduate program in Urban Design between McGill and U de M, involving the two Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning at McGill, and the three Schools of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at U de M. The intention is to admit students into the new program in the fall, 2004.

 

Prof. David Covo
Director