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Annmarie Adams
Research Co-director for The Redpath Mansion Mystery


Annmarie Adams

Photographer: Aaron Sprecher

Annmarie Adams brings to this project a unique expertise on historic domestic architecture in Quebec, and more generally on the history of home life in North America. Indeed, the material culture of home has been the focus of Adams’ scholarship for the past twenty-five years. She is the William C. Macdonald Professor and Director of the School of Architecture, McGill University. She is the author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (1996) and Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 (2008); and co-author of Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (2000).

Adams’ research on domestic architecture in Quebec has garnered her multiple grants. Two particularly relevant publications are co-authored with her husband, social historian Peter Gossage: "Chez Fadette: Girlhood, Family, and Private Space in Late-Nineteenth-Century Saint-Hyacinthe," Urban History Review 26, No. 2 (March 1998), 56-68; and more recently, “Sick Children and the Thresholds of Domesticity: The Dawson-Harrington Families at Home,” in Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space, and the Material Culture of Children, An International Reader, edited by Ning de Coninck-Smith and Marta Gutman (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Adams has received numerous awards for her work on domestic architecture, women architects, and hospital design, including the Hilda Neatby Prize (1994) from the Canadian Historical Association, the Jason Hannah Medal (1999) from the Royal Society of Canada, and a Woman of Distinction designation (2002) from the Montreal YWCA. Her new book project is an innovative look at the accommodation of death in hospital and university architecture.