Phyllis Lambert : Engaged and determined

2013

Architect, artist, historian and researcher, Phyllis Lambert has greatly contributed to promoting Montréal. 

Actively involved in the conservation of this city’s heritage and urban fabric, Phyllis Lambert founded Héritage Montréal in 1975 and, four years later, the Société d’amélioration de Milton-Parc, the largest non-profit cooperative housing renovation project in Canada.

In 1979, she built the Canadian Centre for Architecture, based on a deep conviction that architecture is a subject that interests us all. This museum and research centre, of which Lambert is Founding Director Emeritus, is currently a leader in its field, having built an international reputation on the relevance of its programs addressing important concerns in architecture and the public domain. The Centre’s collection, focusing on the constructed world and featuring drawings and prints, books, photographs and architectural archival holdings, is unmatched.

Phyllis Lambert first distinguished herself in the architectural scene in the 1950s, as director of planning for the iconic Seagram’s building in New York City. Since then, her contributions to the advancement of contemporary architecture have been many. This passionate artist is also known for her tireless social commitment to conserving our urban heritage and ensuring architecture’s public dimension.

Lambert has already received numerous honours, including France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Jane Jacobs Prize and Québec’s Prix Gérard-Morisset. A grant in her name was also created in 2008 to recognize outstanding Montréal designers.

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