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WALFORD, Dorice Constance Brown

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1924
Biography synopsis
One of the earliest women architects in Canada to specialize in institutional buildings, Walford was an expert designer of medical buildings and university building laboratories. Her projects included the chemistry building at Queen’s University, Kingston (as consultant for Barott, Marshall and Merrett); McIntyre Medical Sciences Centre, McGill University (as project architect at Marshall & Merrett); library and space planning for the addition to the Allan Memorial Institute, Montreal; and hospital design, master planning and strategic planning for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Earlier, Walford had worked in the office of Le Corbusier, followed by the Department of Foreign Buildings Operations in Paris. Other Montreal projects included work with Moshe Safdie on Habitat, and the Bell Telephone Pavilion at Expo 67 (as project architect at David, Barott, Boulva). A member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Walford was the first woman officer of the College of Fellows in 1987, serving as registrar for three years. (I. Puchalski)
Media used
University of Manitoba, ? - 1950
McGill University, ? - 1958
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Fellow 1978
Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
Canadian Institute of Planners
Ordre des urbanistes du Québec (OUQ)
Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ)
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Queen's University Archives, ON

Writings about
'News from the Institute: Community Planning Fellowships." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 34.9 (Sept. 1957): 366-367
Adams, Annmarie & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000
Adams, Annmarie and Peta Tancred. "Montreal's Designing Women." Beaver 80.6 (Dec.2000): 28-32
Mitchell, Beverley. "Integration of the Old and the New: a Challenge to Canadian Architects." Gazette (Montreal) 9 Feb.1962: 26
Swoboda, Victor. "Breaking Barriers by Building: Book Details Progress Made by Women in Architecture." Gazette (Montreal) 5 Aug. 2000: J4
Theodore, David. "A Skin-deep Operation: McGill's Medical Tower Gets New Envelope." Gazette (Montreal) 6 Nov. 1999: J6
Wallace, Pat. "A Design Draft for Success." Province (Vancouver) 1 June 1978: 12
Ward, Olivia. "Design for Learning: Schools Match Curriculum." Gazette (Montreal) 26 Oct. 1964: 18

Writings by
Walford, Dorice Constance. Tendencies in the Evolution of the Centres of Canadian Cities Montreal: McGill University Thesis (M.Arch.), 1958

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