by Elsa Lam
Canadian Architect, Mar 7, 2016
(Image: Esther Majorie Hill, previously thought to be first Canadian woman to graduate from architecture school, is the first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto. Photo: University of Toronto)
Researcher Robert Hill, editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950, has uncovered evidence of a Canadian woman graduating from architecture school in 1914, making Miss Alice Charlotte Malhiot (1889-1968) Canada’s first woman architect.
“Robert Hill’s discovery that Alice Charlotte Malhiot graduated in 1914 from the University of Alberta is significant news because we have always believed the first woman graduate to be Esther Marjorie Hill from the University of Toronto in 1920,” says architectural historian Annmarie Adams, Professor at McGill University. “The error comes from the fact that Toronto newspapers reported Hill as the first in the country, rather than the first from University of Toronto.” Read more…