Research Assistant, Book on Montréal architectural history

Job title
    Research Assistant
    Office of the Founding Director
    Contractual (1 year), full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period
    16 December 2019 to 20 January 2020
Job entry
    March 2020 (at the latest)

Job Summary

Research and writing required to complete the working manuscript for a publication by Phyllis Lambert to be titled How Does Your City Grow.

The book, a city case study, is based on a series of some 175 photographs of Montréal’s grey limestone buildings, taken by Richard Pare with the author, in the early 1970s. The book presents a study of city growth as seen through selected existing buildings, where and how they are sited, and the many factors at the time of their construction that affected the nature and the changes of their architectural expression.

Key responsibilities

• Research special building conditions concerning site, ownership, occupant(s), modifications to building since the 1970s, and other subjects, as needed. Files exist on all buildings but need to be reviewed.
• Write and/or edit photograph captions. Roughly half of the captions have been drafted but need to be reviewed and information on special conditions must be added.
• Copyedit texts as required.
• Research subjects that might surface in connection with text and/or captions, using archival and other primary sources (field inspection might be necessary).

Required qualification

• BA or MA in history or architectural history, preferably with a focus on Montréal
• Proven ability to work consistently and to meet deadlines
• Proven ability to understand and explain salient issues
• Proven experience in archival research
• Fluency in reading and writing in French and English

Conditions of Employment

• One-year contract beginning in March 2020, at the latest
• Remuneration is competitive in field and research status

Please submit your application (including resume, writing samples, and letters of recommendation, in English or French) by email to to the attention of Human Resources, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. The application deadline is 20 January 2020. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call.

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