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Hill. Born Guelph, Ontario May 28, 1895. Died 1985.
This Canadian architect was the first woman to
enter into and graduate (1920) in this profession. This was
the era of women's suffrage and it was a tough time for women in male
dominated professions. She encountered considerable discrimination both
during her studies and while attempting to work as a professional
architect. She had problems finding a job and her application to be a
registered architect was denied and only accepted after legislative
changes forced acceptance. She survived the depression years with her own
resourceful talents by selling handmade gloves and handmade greeting
cards. She would go on to become a prolific and valued member of her
Born Winnipeg, Manitoba September 19, 1919. She was the
first woman to graduate from the prestigious
Schools of Architecture at McGill University in 1943. She
would leave her architectural mark with modern designs in the post World
War II era on Canada’s west coast. She began to teach architecture in 1963
and retired in 1986.
Born London, England December 14, 1923. Blanche and her husband are
architects and urban planners. In 1957 they established their own firm
which is known for “Modernist” design. They have worked on plans for old
city of Montreal, new Montreal, New York City, Calgary, and even
development sites for the Canadian Arctic.
Blanche was the first woman elected as an officer and “fellow” of the
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She was also the first woman and
the first Canadian to be president of the Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture. She was Dean of Architecture at the University
of Toronto, 1977-1982, the first woman to hold such a position in any
Canadian school of architecture.
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