Annmarie Adams

Dr. Annmarie Adams is jointly appointed in the School of Architecture and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She holds the Stevenson Chair in the History and Philosophy of Science, including Medicine, and is currently Chair of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine.

Adams has written, co-written, and co-edited five books, including Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens University Press, 1996); Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008); Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (University of Toronto Press, 2000), with sociologist Peta Tancred; and two volumes of Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture.

Focusing on the cultural landscapes of houses and hospitals, she is particularly interested in the intersections of architecture and medicine. She is currently working on a spatial biography of physician Maude Abbott, a study of Wilder Penfield’s architectural aspirations, and an overview of architecture designed for medical education.

Her research has garnered numerous awards, including the Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence, the Jason Hannah Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, a CIHR Health Career Award, and a YWCA Woman of Distinction prize. She has held research funds from CIHR, the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, SSHRC, Heritage Canada, and the Australian Research Council. She is a board member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and Winterthur Portfolio. At McGill University she is involved in a project to revive the university’s medical museum and is a devotee (and member of the Board of Curators) of the Osler Library. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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