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March 08, 2017

On International Women's Day: Meet the BEAT Team!
Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), is an independent organization dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession...
Image Credit: BEAT
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-Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT)

January 06, 2017

Women in Architecture: Chamberlain Architect Services Limited
During this second year of "Women in Architecture – Ontario (part 2)" we would like to share stories and experiences of women who...
Image Credit: Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd.
Architectural Credit: Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd.
-Linnea Chamberlain

November 22, 2015

Sonia Zouari, Architect at CSV Architects
When we started our special blOAAg series “Women in Architecture - Ontario” our goal was to recognize the contributions...
Image Credit: Ottawa Construction News
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-Sonia Zouari

November 10, 2015

Ontario’s First Female Architects (Part 2): Alexandra Biriukova
This is the second of a two part post exploring the life of Ontario’s first female architects, Elma Laird and Alexandra Biriukova. In...
Image Credit: Canadian Homes and Gardens, Vol. VIII (April 1931), p.40.
Architectural Credit: Alexandra Biriukova

October 30, 2015

Barbara A. Humphreys
Today we continue our special blOAAg’s series “Women in Architecture – Ontario” by highlighting the career of an...
Image Credit: Barbara A. Humphreys
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-Barbara A. Humphreys

October 22, 2015

Female Architects in Ontario (2015)
Pictured below is the data for Fall 2015 on women in the architectural profession in the province of Ontario. Although almost 46% of...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
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October 16, 2015

Ontario’s First Female Architects (Part 1): Elma Laird
While Ontario was the first Canadian province to see a woman graduate with an architecture degree (1920), it would take another decade for the...
Image Credit: 58 Port Street, Photo courtesy of City of Brantford
Architectural Credit: Elma Laird

October 07, 2015

By 1960 there were only 15 women registered with the OAA, and only 43 female architects registered across Canada.
-Annmarie Adams, Peta Tancred, Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession