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    Alberto Pérez-Gómez

    Alberto Pérez-Gómez, b 24 December 1949 in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained an undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering in Mexico City, did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and was awarded a Master of Arts (1975) and a PhD (1979) by the University of Essex in England.

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    Alexander Cowper Hutchison

    Alexander Cowper Hutchison, architect (born 2 April 1838 in Montreal, QC; died  1 January 1922 in Montreal). Hutchison was one of Montreal's most prolific and prestigious architects (see Architecture). He epitomized the generation of  self-taught men who shaped the city during the second half of the 19th century. He is recognized for several architectural achievements including the Redpath Museum and Montreal’s City Hall, which he designed with architect Henri-Maurice Perrault.

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    Andrew Randall Cobb

    Andrew Randall Cobb, architect (b at Brooklyn, NY 13 June 1876; d at Halifax 2 June 1943). After studying at Acadia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the École des beaux-arts, Paris, Cobb travelled in Italy, returning to Halifax in 1909 and establishing his practice there in 1912.

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    Åsbjørn Gathe

    In 1953 Åsbjørn Gathe completed designs for Westminster Priory, which included Westminster Abbey, the Seminary of Christ the King and related buildings.

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    Arthur Alexander Stoughton

    Arthur Alexander Stoughton, architect (b at Mount Vernon, NY 2 Apr 1867; d at Mount Vernon, NY 14 Jan 1955). Was founder of the department of architecture at the U of Manitoba where he remained as head until his retirement in 1930.

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    Arthur Charles Erickson

    Arthur Erickson's Museum of Anthropology, UBC, echoes the simple and powerful forms of Haida and Kwakiutl houses on the Northwest Coast (courtesy Arthur Erickson Architects).West Vancouver, BC, 1965 (photo by John Fulker circa 1966, courtesy Arthur Erickson Foundation).Arthur Erickson's courthouse is integrated with stepped gardens and the former courthouse, now the Vancouver Art Gallery (photo by James Marsh).Erickson gained wide regard for his ability to create places of great drama with apparent simple means (photo...

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    Baillairgé Family

    Baillairgé Family, architects, sculptors and painters active in Québec for 5 generations until well into the 20th century, the most prominent of whom are Jean, François, Thomas and Charles.

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    Bing Thom

    Bing Wing Thom, CM, architect (born 8 December 1940 in Hong Kong; died 4 October 2016 in Hong Kong). A Member of the Order of Canada and a winner of the Governor General’s Award, Bing Thom’s strong design values and holistic approach in practice made him one of Canada’s top architects.

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    Blanche Lemco van Ginkel

    Blanche van Ginkel, née Lemco (born 14 December 1923 in London, England; died 20 October 2022 in Toronto, ON). Blanche Lemco van Ginkel was an architect and planner with van Ginkel Associates, in partnership with her husband, H.P. Daniel van Ginkel. Established in 1957, the firm was well known for its modernist design projects. Lemco van Ginkel was the first woman elected as an officer and as a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the first woman (and first Canadian) to serve as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. She was also dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

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    Bruce Mau

    ​Bruce Mau, designer, author, innovator (born 25 October 1959 in Greater Sudbury, ON).

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    Canadian Architecture: 1867-1914

    Between Confederation (1867) and the outbreak of the First World War (1914), Canada's development from British colony to modern, largely urban, industrial and effectively self-governing nation was reflected in its architecture.

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    Carol Spier

    Carol Spier, production designer, art director (born in Manitoba). Carol Spier earned a BA in interior design from the University of Manitoba. She began her professional career as an interior designer for a Winnipeg architect.

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    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, CC, OBC, landscape architect (born 20 June 1921 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany; died 22 May 2021 in Vancouver, BC). Cornelia Oberlander moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1953, where she founded her own architectural firm. During her career, Oberlander established herself as a landscape architect and became recognized for her social and environmental approach to architectural design. (See also Landscape Architecture.) Oberlander was the recipient of numerous awards and honours throughout her career and life.

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    Esther Marjorie Hill

    Esther Marjorie Hill, architect (born 29 May 1895 in Guelph, ON; died 7 January 1985 in Victoria, BC). Marjorie Hill was a pioneer of women in the profession of architecture in Canada. The first woman to be admitted to the program in architecture at the University of Alberta in 1916 (the program was discontinued in 1939), she transferred to the University of Toronto, becoming the first woman graduate in architecture in Canada. She was registered as an architect in Alberta in 1925 and in British Columbia in 1952. She was the first woman to serve on the Victoria town planning committee, 1946-52.

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    Fred Thornton Hollingsworth

    Fred Thornton Hollingsworth, architect (born 8 January 1917 in England; died 10 April 2015 in North Vancouver, BC). Hollingsworth is recognized for his contributions towards West Coast Modernism, a distinctive architectural style (see Architecture). He served as president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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