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PERKS, Christina Poznanska Outerbridge

Born
Poland, 1935
Biography synopsis
Christina Perks left her home near Warsaw around 1939. Graduating from McGill University with a B.Arch. in 1957, Perks worked as a public service architect for most of her career. Her early experience included three years of private practice in Bermuda (1958-1961). In Montreal, while employed by George F. Eber, she was design architect for the Sermons for Science Pavilion and the Alcan Aquarium, both at Expo ’67. At Public Works Canada in Ottawa, Perks served as project architect (1966-1970) then became head of the Office Planning Section, which she established. Following a few years in private practice in Calgary (1972-1975) where she worked on the development and planning of large commercial projects, Perks's expertise was again required in Ottawa. She played integral roles with the Department of External Affairs Canada, beginning as Director Facilities Development and culminating as Embassy Project Deputy Director and Attaché. Perks applied her management and organizational skills to great effect in overseeing various negotiations, management, and design of Canadian embassies in cities which included Tokyo, London, Beijing, Paris, Mexico City, Lagos, Riyadh, Washington, Moscow, and Belgrade. She partnered with Sheila Penny in 1992 to form ‘Canadian Architects, Perks+Penny’. (I Puchalski)
Media used
Architecture
Education
McGill University, ? - 1957
Memberships
Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), 1971-1975
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Life Member
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Fellow 1978
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Associate
Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ), 1958-1970
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Virginia Tech, VA - International Archive of Women in Architecture
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Architects-To-Be Plan Future." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Oct. 1956: 28.
"Bermuda's Only Woman Architect Took the Long Road From Poland." Royal Gazette Weekly 31 May 1959.
"Galleries: Opening Shows." Toronto Star 22 Oct. 1998.
"Guy Desbarats, Christine Perks, Allan Goodwright, and Eva Vecsei in an Interview with Section a." Section a 1.1 (Feb/Mar 1983): 9-11.
"Women's Work." Perspectives: the Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects 2.2 (Spring 1994): 6-11.
Adams, Annmarie. "'Archi-ettes' in Training: the Admission of Women to McGill's School of Architecture." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin 21.3 (Sept. 1996): 70-73.
Adams, Annmarie. "Girl Architects-To-Be: Early Women Graduates of McGill's School of Architecture, 1939-1970." ARQ: revue d'architecture 92 (Août 1996): 12.
Adams, Annmarie & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
Virginia Tech. "IAWA Database Information for Christine Perks." International Archive of Women in Architecture Nov. 2003
http://lumiere.lib.vt.edu/iawa_db/view_all.php3?person_pk=336&table=all.
Wallace, Pat. "A Design Draft for Success." Province (Vancouver) 1 June 1978: 12.

Writings by
Perks, Christina and Sheila Penny. "More Success Stories [Letter]." Globe & Mail 9 Feb. 1993: A20.

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