Annmarie Adams

Professor, 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 focuses on how medicine, gender, and architecture intersect, mostly in houses and hospitals. Her current work includes a SSHRC-funded spatial biography of cardiologist and museum curator Maude Abbott. She is supervising PhD dissertations on Indian Residential School architecture, women’s charitable institutions in Montreal, domestic architecture in the Philippines, working-class housing in Venezuela, end-of-life architectures, and Indigenous healthways. Adams is one of four members on the comité d’experts at the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI), overseeing the future re-use of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site.


Annmarie Adams and Emanuel Christ: Healthcare II, Institute gta, September 23, 2020

Inside Out, Outside In: What this unprecedented year means for the future of public and private space, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, October 16, 2020

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: Cultural Landscapes of Medicine and Science (Fall 2020) File arch_711_syllabus_4_sept.docx

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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