In Memoriam - Joan Evelyn Burt


Joan Burt (Joan Burt Architect) of Toronto, Ontario, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. In her 91st  year, Joan was the only child of the late Les William and Evelyn Margaret Burt (nee Woodward). At the time of her passing, Joan was the oldest licensed woman architect in Ontario and was documented in the book For The Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture (Dundurn Press).  Joan served as the Chairman of the Department of Design at the Ontario College of Art spanning two decades, developing programs in environmental design, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and glass. The focus of her life's work was the design and creation of buildings and interiors within the framework of private practice. Intuitive and contemporary, Joan's work included restoration, renovations and additions, new construction, architectural interiors as well as planning and development. Joan's clients appreciated her creative and thorough approach. Every detail however small would be anticipated and resolved. Joan will be missed by friends, students and colleagues who shared her passion and enthusiasm for architecture and the built environment. With the help of her very special friends Mel Quirt and Richard Zaplitney, Joan was able to practice until her passing. She will be remembered for her intelligence, kindness, generous spirit and sharp wit. Joan was truly a gift to all who knew her. A private service has been held and a celebration of Joan's life will take place at a later date.

Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 25 to Mar. 29, 2021.