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Vienna, Austria, 1930
Biography synopsis
Eva Vecsei (nee Hollo) was educated in the School of Architecture at the University of Budapest, Hungary, graduating in 1952. She became involved in architectural design in Hungary, working on residences and teaching at the University of Budapest prior to immigrating to Canada in 1957. Upon arriving in Montreal Vecsei joined the firm of Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Sise, where her husband, architect Andre Vecsei was also employed. She was a major contributor to the Place Bonaventure project inn the late 1960s, and during the 1970s founded her own architectural firm. Her first major commission was the Cite Concordia project (now known as La Cite) that provoked a considerable amount of controversy over its scale and impact upon the urban landscape in downtown Montreal. She was selected to represent Canada in the International Federation of Women Architects exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1978). Vecsei and her husband would found Vecsei Archtectes in 1984. She later served as the president of the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec.
Media used
University of Technical Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 1948 - 1952
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), 1988
American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1970
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), 1978
Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ), 1964
File & Archive locations
Canadian Centre for Architecture, QC - Library
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC

Writings about
"International Architects Named Honorary Fellows." American Institute of Architects Journal (May 1970): 43.
"Interview: Guy Desbarats, Christine Perks, Allan Goodwright, and Eva Vecsei in an interview with SECTION a." SECTION a (Feb.-Mar. 1983): 9-11.
"Massey Medals Finalists." RAIC Journal 7 (1964): 43, 124-125.
"Regards: La Cité." Architecture Concept (May-Jun. 1975): 9.
Adams, Annmarie & Peta Tancred. 'Designing Women': Gender and the Architectural Profession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
Boyer-Mercier, Pierre. "Pratiques et pratiquants: Eva Vecsei et André Vecsei." ARQ 42 (Apr. 1988): 20-24.
Giller, Doris. "Architect Stresses Need for Individuality in Design." Montreal Star 19 Aug. 1965: 20.
Lazarus, Charles. "LaCite Taking Shape: Hotel topped off." Montreal Star 3 Jan. 1976: A10.
Morgan, Ann Lee and Colin Naylor, eds. "Vecsei, Eva." Contemporary Architects. Chicago: St. James Press, 1987.
Schmertz, Mildred F. "LaCité." Architectural Record (Jan. 1978): 111-116.
Schwartz, Susan. "Architects' Business is to Sell Dreams." Gazette (Montreal) 16 Feb. 1987: D1.

Writings by
Vecsei, Eva. "La Cit� de la m�tropole." Architecture Concept. (May-Jun. 1977): 8-17.
Vecsei, Eva. "Projets et pratiques de femmes architectes." Les Bâtisseuse de la Cité, Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences 1993.

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