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PLUMB, Helga

Bruck an der Mur, Austria, 1939
Biography synopsis
After training at the Technische Hochschule in Austria, Helga Plumb moved toToronto in 1959. She entered the second year of architecture at the University of Toronto, where she received a BArch (1963) and Master of Architecture in Urban Design (1967). Plumb had been an adjunct associate professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (1981-2), and a visiting professor at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax (1985-6). As a practicing architect she worked at Diamond and Clark, Edmonton; Sasaki Dawson & DeMay, Watertown, Massachusetts; Shore and Moffat, Toronto; Fairfield + DuBois, Toronto. Plumb was partner in the DuBois Plumb Partnership, Toronto from 1980 until their retirement in 2001. Social interaction expressed through the medium of architecture is one of the recurring themes in Plumb’s projects. Her notable designs include: Joseph Shepard Building, North York (OMRC Award of Excellence 1978, Low Energy Building Design Award of Excellence 1980), Tom Longboat Junior Public School (Award of Merit 1981), Scaramouche Restaurant, Toronto, Oaklands Condominium, Toronto (Canadian Architect Design Award 1978, Canadian Architect Year Book Award for Excellence 1978, Silver Hexagon International Award of Excellence 1980, Ontario Association of Architects Design Award 1983, Governor General’s Medal for Architecture 1983), Souris Hospital, Prince Edward Island (Nova Scotia Association of Architects Award of Merit 1988, AIA Honorable Mention for Health Facilities Design). The Partnership’s most prestigious commission was the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (1979-1989). (I Puchalski)
Media used
University of Toronto, 1959 - 1963
University of Toronto, 1966 - 1967
Technische Hochschule, Graz, Austria, 1958 - 1959
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Fellow 1982
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Toronto Society of Architects, Past Executive Member
File & Archive locations
University of Calgary Library, AB
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Virginia Tech, VA - International Archive of Women in Architecture

Writings about
Annual Design Awards 1989. Halifax, N.S.: Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1989.
Winning Low Energy Building Designs. Ottawa: Department of Public Works, 1980.
"13 Interiors: Scaramouche Restaurant, Toronto." Canadian Architect 26.11 (Nov. 1981): 30-31.
"Awards." Canadian Architect 39.4 (April 1994): 5,7.
"Hospital and Community Health Centre, Souris, P.E.I." Canadian Architect 35.3 (March 1990): 33-35.
Adams, Annmarie & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
Barber, John. "Out, Dull School: Ontario Architects are No Longer Stamping Out Cookie-Cutter Buildings." Globe and Mail 30 June 1992: A21.
Bellman, Robin. "Windsor Gets New Look at Justice [Courthouse/Police Station]." Daily Commercial News and Construction Record 70.249 (29 Dec. 1997): A5.
Brennan, Pat. "Builder of CN Tower Tapped for China Job." Toronto Star 27 Feb. 1986: E16.
Cherry, Zena. "Plans Picked for Embassy in China." Globe and Mail 30 March 1981: A13.
Contreras, Monica, Luigi Ferrara & Daniel Karpinski. "New Canadians." Perspectives: the Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects 2.2 (Spring 1994): 12-15.
Dinelli, Flamma. "Joseph E. Shephard Building in Toronto." Industria delle costruzioni (March 1982): 50-57.
Freedman, Adele. "Building Blocks: Despite All the Obstacles, There's a Growing Number of Designing Women in Canada and We're Not Talking Joan Collins." Globe and Mail 25 Oct. 1986: E1, E4.
Gillespie, Bernard. "Apartments with Inner Street: the Oaklands, Toronto." Canadian Architect 27.1 (Jan. 1982): 16-20.
Gillespie, Bernard. "Stylistic School: Tom Longboat Junior Public School, Toronto." Canadian Architect 27.5 (May 1982): 39-41.
Lasker, David. "Design Beat: Academicians." Globe and Mail 8 Dec. 1994: D5.
Leger, Louise. "Windsor Justice Facility." Award Magazine 13.3 (June 1999): 25, 27.
Lorenz, Clare. Women in Architecture: a Contemporary Perspective. London: Trefoil Publications, 1990.
Matas, Robert. "Plan for Embassy in China Discussed." Globe and Mail 11 Jan. 1982: CL13.
Polo, Marco. "Law and Order: Windsor Justice Facility, Windsor, Ontario." Canadian Architect 47.4 (April 2002): 12-14.
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.
Van Ginkel, Blanche Lemco. "Slowly and Surely (But Somewhat Painfully): More or Less the History of Women in Architecture in Canada." Canadian Architect 38.11 (Nov. 1993): 15-17.
Wagner, Walter F., ed. Energy-efficient Buildings. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.
Whiteson, Leon. Modern Canadian Architecture Edmonton: Hurtig, 1983.
Williams, Patricia. "Six Projects Win Ontario Concrete Awards." Daily Commercial News and Construction Record 74.170 (2001): insert 5-6.

Writings by
Toronto, Ont. Finance Dept., KPMG, Dubois Plumb Partnership. Fire Services and Ambulance Services Facilities Study Toronto: Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, 1999.

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