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WISNICKI, Catherine Chard

Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1919
Naramata, B.C., 2014
Biography synopsis
Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, in 1939, Catherine Chard Wisnicki went on to become the first women to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill in 1943. After graduation, she worked for Montreal based A.J.C. Paine, Lawson & Betts, and participated in the planning of Arivda, Quebec. Subsequently, Chard Wisnicki was employed by the Canadian Wooden Aircraft Company in Toronto, Ontario, working on prefabricated housing. In 1946, Chard Wisnicki registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and stayed in Vancouver for the rest of her career. She worked for the firm Sharp, Thompson, Berwick & Pratt, and later formed a partnership with John Porter. From 1963 to 1986 she taught at the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Thanks to Alexis Lenk for the research on Catherine Chard Wisnicki.)
Media used
McGill University, ? - 1939
McGill University, ? - 1943
Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
File & Archive locations
Canadian Centre for Architecture, QC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Constructing Careers: Profiles of Five Early Women Architects in British Columbia. Vancouver: Women in Architecture Exhibits Committee, 1996
"Events: Vancouver." Globe and Mail 13 Sept. 1997: F6
"Home Building Course Planned." Star (?) 31 Oct. 1944: 3-7
"New Appointment Coincides with Special Anniversary." McGill School of Architecture Newsletter (Fall 1989): 1-2
"News from the School: School of Architecture, McGill University." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Mar. 1986): 71-98
Adams, Annmarie. "C.C.W. to Receive Honorary Degree." McGill School of Architecture Centennial Newsletter (Summer 1996)
Adams, Annmarie. "Les représentations des femmes, dans la revue de l'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada, de 1924 à 1973." Recherches féministes 7.2 (1994): 7-36
Adams, Annmarie. "Wisnicki, Catherine Mary." http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0011167 Canadian Encyclopedia, 2009
Adams, Annmarie & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000
Adams, Annmarie and Petra Tancred. "McGill Export Helped Build B.C. Modernism: First Woman Graduate Receives Honorary Degree." Gazette (Montreal) 08 Jun 1996: H5
Elder, Alan and Ian Thom.. A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia, 1945-1960 Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2004
Gillett, Margaret. We Walked Very Warily: A History of Women at McGill. Montreal: Eden Press Women's Publications, 1981
Grierson, Joan and the For the Record Committee, eds. For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2008
Liscombe, Rhodri Windsor. The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938-1963. Montreal & Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Architecture & Douglas & McIntyre, 1997
Liscombe, Rhodri Windsor. "Modes of Modernization: The Acquisition of Modernist Design in Canada." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin (Sept. 1994): 60-72
McDougall, Anne. "John Bland and the McGill School of Architecture." Canadian Architect (Mar. 1988): 32-37
Unland, Karen. "Free Degrees: The Other Road to Caps and Gowns." Globe and Mail 1 Jun. 1996: D3
Van Ginkel, Blanche Lemco. "Slowly and Surely (and Somewhat Painfully): More or Less the History of Women in Architecture in Canada." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin 17.1 (Mar. 1991): 5-11
Vertinsky, Patricia Anne & Sherry McKay. Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, Modernism United Kingdom: Routledge, 2004
Wade, John. "Competition Results - The 1962 Pilkington Traveling Scholarship in Architecture: Jury Report." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Aug. 1962): 59-62
Woodward, Pat. "Better Planning, Better Living." Canadian Homes and Gardens May 1950: 38-39

Writings by
Chard, Catherine M. "What is an Architect?" Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Feb. 1942): 30-33
Faludi, E.G. & Catherine Chard. "The Prefabricated House Industry." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Mar. 1945): 56-62

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