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Fonds F0045 - Michael McMordie fonds

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Michael McMordie fonds


  • 1927-2010 (Creation)

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8,685 slides and other material

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Michael McMordie is a graduate of the Universities of Toronto (BArch 1962) and Edinburgh (PhD 1972). From 1965 until 1974 a member of the Edinburgh faculty, he joined the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary in 1974. In his doctoral research he undertook an historical and critical study of important sources of modern architectural theory. He has taught architectural history and theory at both Edinburgh and Calgary, acted as a studio instructor and supervised the work of graduate students in a number of areas. Administrative roles have included Director of the architecture program 1979-82, Dean of the Faculty of General Studies (now Communication & Culture) 1990-98 and from 1999 to 2005 Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (until 2004 the Resources and the Environment Program). He played a key role in the founding and early development of the Canadian Architectural Archives. In addition to service on many university committees and boards an important interest has been architectural and urban conservation. Local and national activities beyond the university have included the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (President 1977-80), and the Calgary Civic Trust (President 1999-2003, Trustee 2003-). He retired from the university in December 2005 and was subsequently named Professor Emeritus of Environmental Design. In November 2006 he was admitted to The Order of the University of Calgary. Research interests and writing include architectural history and theory, aesthetics, urbanism, and culture and national identity.

Awards: Heritage Canada Foundation Gabrielle Léger medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2003.

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The fonds consists of records from Mike McMordie’s educational and professional career. Included are notes and research material from his BArch and PhD, teaching materials and records from committees, activities, and professional organizations he was involved with. There is material from interviews and publications he produced, professional and personal correspondence, exhibits and projects, and audio-visual and photographic material including a slide collection used for teaching and publications. The fonds is arranged into six Series: (1) Architectural training and professional practice; (2) Professional service and activities; (3) Teaching; (4) Personal records; (5) Research subject files; (6) Loose Audiovisual; (7) Audiovisual; and (8) Objects.

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Includes 370 files of textual records, 23 audio cassettes, 8 glass plate negatives, 3 reel to reels, and 1 piece of terracotta


Also known as the Mike McMordie fonds.


Fonds was merged from the following accessions: UARC 99.068, UARC 2010.080, CAA 21A/77.70, CAA 182A/84.03, CAA 253A/90.02, CAA 286A/05.01, CAA 303A/11.02, and CAA 305A/11.04.

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