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Women of Architecture! hosts the Ottawa premier of City Dreamers—09.11.19 at Bytowne Cinema

By Chris Cormier on September 9, 2019




On Wednesday September 11th, Women of Architecture! – Capital Region (WOA!) in partnership with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects are hosting the Ottawa premier of City Dreamers.

City Dreamers focus is on four prolific women from the world of architecture and design who have had an immeasurable effect on the built environment over the past 60+ years. The film profiles Phyllis Lambert, a Canadian Architect and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, a Canadian Architect and the first female Dean of an Architecture school in Canada; Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, a Canadian Landscape Architect whose work includes the National Gallery of Canada with Moshe Safdie and Robson Square in Vancouver with Arthur Erickson; and Denise Scott Brown, an American Architect and principal of the world renowned Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.


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We can’t let #internationalwomensday go without recognizing these four exceptional women ahead of their times in architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Denise Scott Brown, Phyllis Lambert, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel are inspiring generations of socially-motivated people. City Dreamers is expected to be released across Canada soon. (Cdn distribution @maison4tiers). . . #iwd19 #internationalwomensday2019 #womeninarchitecture #denisescottbrown #phyllislambert @plamb27 #corneliaoberlander #blanchelemcovanginkel #architecture @canadiancentreforarchitecture #planning #cities #urbansolutions #remarkablewomen #socialchangemakers #documentary #film @josephillel #director @maison4tiers #distributor @couzinfilms #producer thx @festival_filmsurlart @ridm_festival

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Composed of a collection of original interviews and archival footage, the film celebrates these pioneering women not only for their long, long list of professional achievements but also for the indelible mark they have left on cities of the future as they inspire generations of women (and men) who have followed in their wake.

The film is being screened at the Bytowne Cinema starting at 8pm and is preceded by a pre-screening social hosted at the offices from 5:30-7:30pm. The evening will also include a short panel discussion after the film featuring Phyllis Lambert (as featured in the film), the film’s director Joseph Hillel, and moderated by Emmanuel van Rutten, a regional director of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.

The screening marks the first “Stories” themed event from WOA!, a local community organization whose goal is to promote the achievements of Women contributing to the built environment in the National Capital Region. Conceived in 2017 by a group of like-minded volunteers following Ottawa Architecture Week, their goal is to increase awareness and inclusivity in an industry that is historically and notoriously dominated by men.


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WOA! aims to connect professionals from the greater architectural community by hosting a variety of events and interactive activities that promotes professional development, networking, mentorship and guidance. WOA! events are structured around four themes : WOA! Build , WOA! Mingle, WOA! Talks and WOA! Stories. Click the link in our bio to get involved! Photos by: @enidhuang – WOA! souhaite mettre en contact les professionnels de la communauté architecturale en organisant une variété d’événements qui favorisent le perfectionnement professionnel, le réseautage, le mentorat et l’orientation. Les événements WOA! sont structurés autour de 4 thèmes : WOA! Build, WOA! Mingle, WOA! Talks et WOA! Stories. Cliquez sur le lien dans notre bio pour vous impliquer! #gettinginvolved #WOAwantsYOU #Volunteering #Communityengagement #networking #Architecture #Communitysupport #WOA #ottawa #gatineau #MyOttawa #nationalcapitalregion #ottawaarchitecture #ORSA #OAA #RAIC #architecture #engineering #ingenierie #development #construction #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #OùSontLesFemmesArchitectes #féminisme

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While initially conceived to bridge the gap between established and emerging professionals, WOA! has shifted and adopted a wider advocacy approach that includes events geared to both industry members and the general public. “Build” and “Mingle” events focus more on industry members networking and continuing education while “Talks” and “Stories” feature lecturers and presentations that are intended for a wider audience base including members of the public. While the name “Women of Architecture” clearly puts the focus of the events on Women, allies of all identities are welcome to attend WOA! events as research shows when society is more inclusive everyone benefits.

City Dreamers screens Wednesday, September 11th at 8pm at the Bytowne Cinema. Tickets are $12 plus applicable taxes and fees and can be purchased in advance at the venue or through Eventbrite. The Bytown is located at 325 Rideau Street and is an accessible venue: detailed information about the facility can be found here. The pre-screening event is free of charge and held from 5:30-7:30pm at the space at 377 Dalhousie Street. The pre-screening event is held in an accessible space and light refreshments will be provided.