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Annmarie Adams

Professor, Department Chair, Stevenson Chair in the History and Philosophy of Science, including Medicine

514-398-2915 | annmarie.adams [at] | 3647 Peel, 301| Twitter | Instagram 

Educated as an architect and architectural historian at UC Berkeley, Adams is jointly appointed in McGill University’s School of Architecture and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine. She is the author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens, 1996), Medicine by Design:  The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 (U Minn Press, 2008) and co-author of Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (UTP, 2000). Recent awards include the Faculty of Engineering’s Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence (2016) and the President’s Award for Excellence in Media (2017) from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  

Research Interests:

Adams’ research interests focus on two areas: architecture for health and “domesticities,” the expression of domestic imagery outside the traditional home. Current work includes a SSHRC-funded spatial biography of Maude Abbott and a co-authored paper on dementia villages. She is supervising PhD dissertations on the construction of three bridges in Montreal, women in German bunkers during World War II, toy houses, Indian Residential School architecture, the WCTU shelter in Montreal, women in the Mexican revolution, domestic architecture in the Philippines, and working-class housing in Venezuela.

Selected Publications:

Adams, A., “Designing Penfield: Inside the Montreal Neurological Institute,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 93, no. 2, Summer 2019, 207-240. doi:10.1353/bhm.2019.0027

Adams, A., “Encountering Maude Abbott,” Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, vol. 2, no. 2, 2018

A.   Adams, S. Chivers, “There’s no place like home: Designing for Long-term Residential Care in Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies 50, no. 2. (Spring 2016): 273-98.

Jim Wright, Richard Fraser, Annmarie Adams, Mary Hunter, “Portraying Maude Abbott,” Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2017 February 21;189: E281-3. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160976

Adams, A., Macdonell, C., “Making himself at home: Cormier, Trudeau, and the Architecture of Domestic Masculinity,” Winterthur Portfolio 50, no. 2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2016): 151-189. DOI: 10.1086/689984

Adams, A., “Home and/or Hospital: The Architectures of End-of-life Care,” Change Over Time, vol. 6, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 248-63.

Courses Given:

ARCH 711 Doctoral Research Seminar: Architecture as Biography (Fall 2019) PDF icon arch_711_syllabus.pdf

ARCH 251 Architectural History 2 (Winter) PDF icon arch251_winter2020.pdf

Research Fundamentals 1

Research Fundamentals 2

PIAT selective: Architecture + Medicine

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