Exhibit: Designing Doctors

Designing Doctors: An exhibition highlighting the contributions of physicians to hospital architecture at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine
Curated by Prof. Annmarie Adams, Director, School of Architecture, McGill University

McIntyre Medical Building : Osler Library of the History of Medicine, 3rd floor
3655 promenade Sir William Osler
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1Y6

March-August 2013

Royal Victoria Hospital ink well

 Designing Doctors showcases the Osler Library’s outstanding collection of architectural advice literature on hospital architecture.   Its focus is on the development of the so-called pavilion-plan hospital, a ubiquitous typology for hospitals in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which maximized ventilation and daylight; their signature detail, however, was the Nightingale ward, a large, open space which typically housed about thirty patients.

Dr. Annmarie Adams is Director and William C. Macdonald Professor at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal. She is the author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens University Press, 1996), Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and co-author of  Designing Women:  Gender and the Architectural  Profession (University of Toronto Press, 2000).  More information about this exhibit is on our blog.

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