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Toronto, Ontario, 1936
Biography synopsis
Mary Clark (later Mary Patterson Clark) was awarded her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1959. In the first years following her studies, she worked for Weir and Cripps in North Bay, Ontario, co-authored a report to the Ontario government on Swedish civil defense shelter construction, and worked for Irving Grossman in Toronto. From 1962 to 1972, Clark worked independently on additions and renovations and then for James Weller as a research coordinator, which began her work in urban planning. Throughout the 1970s, she was involved in urban transportation development and in 1984 she completed her Master of Science in planning from the University of Toronto. Clark participated as an exhibition committee member and an archival researcher in the 1980s and 1990s for the project “For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture.” Significantly, she produced two research reports in 1988 on women graduates in architecture from Canadian universities and registered women architects in Canada. From 1986, Clark practiced in Nunavut, working with Comarc Architects on commercial and residential projects, but also separately on research projects. She retired in 2000. (Thanks to Alexis Lenk for the research on Mary Clark.)
Media used
University of Toronto, 1954 - 1959
University of Toronto, 1982 - 1984
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
File & Archive locations
University of Toronto Libraries, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
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 & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000
Freedman, Adele. "An Intimate Portrait of the First 'Girl' Architects." Globe and Mail 20 Sept. 1986
Grierson, Joan and the For the Record Committee, eds. For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2008

Writings by
Clark, Mary. Registration of Women Architects in Canada: The Results of a Survey Ontario Women Graduates in Architecture 1920-1960, (Aug. 1988)
Clark, Mary. Women Graduates in Architecture from Canadian Universities: A Preliminary Overview Ontario Women Graduates in Architecture 1920-1960, (Jun. 1988)

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