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Evelyn Blankstein Born March 5, 1913 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died May 13, 2001 Winnipeg, Manitoba.  daughter of architect  Max Blankstein, she grew up in homes designed and built by her father. She earned her degree in Architecture  University of Manitoba. She worked as an architect for nearly 40 years, at a time when there were few women in the profession, first in her brother Cecil’s office and then for Hobbs Glass (later Canadian Pittsburgh Industries). She was the first of few women with a full membership in Glendale Golf Club. Sources: Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2001. Memorable Manitobans profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (Accessed December 2011)
 
Shirley Blumberg Born February 4, 1952 Cape Town, South Africa. In 1972 Shirley graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 1973 she left home and went to London, England and in 1974 she immigrated to Canada. In 1976 she graduated from the School of Architecture, University of Toronto and joined Barton Myers Associates, Inc. Toronto. In 1987 she became a founding partner forming the Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB).  She has directed a range of architectural projects that benefit society in Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Princeton University, U.S.A. She is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Review Panel and served on the design review panel for the memorial to the Victims of Communism. In 2013 she was appointed to the Order of Canada. In 2012 she was a winner of the RIBA International Award. In 2014 she earned the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.
 
Esther Marjorie 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 chosen profession. Suggested Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia online (Accessed February 7, 2004.
 
Phyllis Lambert Born Montreal, Quebec January 24, 1927.  A trained and accomplished architect she designed the Saidy Bromfman Center in Montreal and served as consultant for the Toronto Dominion Center. She won the National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects for her work in Los Angeles.  She is the founder and director of the Canadian Center for Architecture, a world-class museum and study center in Montreal.  She is an officer in the order of Canada.
 
Janet Leys Shaw Mactavish

Born 1925. Died 1972. Janet earned her degree in architecture at McGill University School of Architecture in 1947. While working for Marshall and Merritt Architectural firm in the 1950’s and 1960’s he provided plans in 1958 for Beaconsfield High School, Montreal and for Valois Park High School. In 1962 she designed Stirling hall, the circular physics building at Queen’s University and in 1965 the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, also a circular design, at McGill University. Her modern designs provided cost savings from reduction of exterior walls which focused on reduction of windows, indoor congestion and corridor traffic.
 

Marion Bell Macrae

Born Apple Hill, Ontario April 30, 1921. She attended the Ontario Collage of Art in the 1940’s and did undergraduate work at the University of Illinois from 1951-1954. She became a lecturer of history of design at the Ontario College of Art from 1969-1986. She went on to lecture at the university of Toronto. She has written several books about details of historic architecture. She was involved with the historic restoration of Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario. In 1975 her writing won the Governor General’s non fiction award. Her works in the profession received additional recognition in 1982 when she was made a member of the Order of Canada. Suggested Sources: Canadian Who’s Who (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006)
 

Eva Matsuzaki

(née Pupols). Born Latvia  February 27, 1944. As a youngster, Eva immigrated with her family to the U.S.A. Young Eva would attend Cornell University earning a Bachelor of Architecture in 1966. After working in the U.S.A. for a few years, she found herself working in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1972. She was project architect for several government buildings and in 1984 she established the architectural firm of Matsuzaki Wright. This group was responsible for numerous structures including the award winning C.K. Choi Building at the University of British Columbia. Her designs pay attention to the environment along with an additional commitment to the community in its entirety. The Choi building won the Lieutenant-Governor Innovation Award of Excellence and is a benchmark in “green design”. In 1998 she founded Matsuzaki Architects. She has been on contributing member to several Boards and Committees including the Vancouver Library Board. A tutorial leader and mentor at the University of British Columbia she is a founding member of Women in Architecture. She was the first woman elected president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998. Source: Eva Matsuzaki by Sherry Mckay. The Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Foundation of Canada, 2004.
 

Magda Pennington Born 1928, Budapest, Hungary. Died December 2012. She and her parents survived the horrors of World War ll in Hungary. During the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Magda, her husband and their infant son , Peter, escaped at night to Austria and from there immigrated to Canada. Her 1st job, taken so she could learn English, was as a waitress at a Hungarian restaurant. Artistic and industrious she rose to become one of the most famous builders. She built and renovated homes in the illustrious area of Roseate, Toronto and Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa. She designed and built the homes herself with her word and a handshake as her bond. Her son Peter Kellnen followed in her footsteps. In 1989 she and husband Arthur Pennington returned to Hungary where she found the use for her North American skills. She soon established her reputation and was building spectacular homes well into her 70’s. After a debilitating stroke in 2010 Magda and her husband returned to Canada. Source: Magda Pennington. The Globe and Mail December 18, 2012 Suggestion submitted by June Coxon , Ottawa.
 
Blanche van Ginkel . 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.
 
Catherine Mary Wisnicki. (née Chard). 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.
 
   
   
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