Blanche Lemco van Ginkel fonds
  • Blanche Lemco van Ginkel (creator)
  • Blanche Lemco van Ginkel (archive creator)

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel fonds



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 2.28 l.m. of textual records
    25 panels
    22 photographic materials
Scope and content:
This fonds documents Blanche Lemco van Ginkel’s involvement in professional committees and associations, her attendance and participation at conferences, lectures, and juries, and her employment at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of the University of Toronto, where she was professor and later on its dean.

This fonds includes correspondence, programmes and scheduled activities, publications, schedules, information packages, notes, minutes, posters, papers, agendas, directories, clippings, studies, reports, etc., dating from 1970 to 1992.

The bulk of material is relatively to Mrs. van Ginkel’s activities with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Board, where were discussed architecture schools and their development, and with the National Capital Commission, where were addressed the architecture and urban planning of the National Capital Region, in Canada.
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The nine boxes from the initial accrual (ARCON1993:0076) have been organized by categories and subcategories of activity. The files are arranged chronologically within each category and subcategory of activity.

This fonds is arranged in four series:

AP058.S1: Professional committees and associations (1970-1992);
AP058.S2: Conferences, lectures, and juries (1977-1990);
AP058.S3: Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Toronto (1977-1992);
AP058.S4: Papers, publications, and general correspondence (1944, 1977-1991).
Biographical notes:
London, England, 14 December 1923 –

Born 14 December 1923, in London, England, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel received her Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in 1945 and a Master of City Planning from Harvard University (1950).

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel with her husband H.P. Daniel van Ginkel have founded the firm Van Ginkel Associates Ltd. in 1957. Among the commissions of the firm are the central area plan of Montréal (1957-1962), rehabilitation of the Old City of Montréal (1961-1964), circulation and urban design of Midtown Manhattan (1970-1972), master plan and design of Expo'67 and development of Pahang Tenggara, Malaysia (1969-1972).

Prior to founding the firm, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel had diverse experience in the fields of architecture, city and regional planning, and urban design in Canada, United States, England, and France, including planning assistant for the Windsor Planning Commission, in Windsor, Québec (1945); manager of the Regina City Planning Committee, in Regina, Saskatchewan (1946); contributor in the office of William Crabtree, architect (1946) in London, England, working on varied architectural projects and rehabilitation of Southampton; contributor in the office of Le Corbusier, in Paris, France, working on the design of the toit-terrasse, Unité d’Habitation, Marseille; and contributor in the office of Mayerovitch & Bernstein (1950), in Montréal, Québec, working on the design of houses, commercial and industrial buildings.

She has held faculty appointments and has been visiting critic/lecturer at several universities including: The University of Pennsylvania (1951-57); Harvard University (1958, 1971); University of Montréal (1961-67, 1969-70); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1966); McGill University (1971-77); Princeton University (1976-80); Director of the School of Architecture, University of Toronto (1977-80); Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at University of Toronto from 1980-82. She was as well an active member of several professional associations and committees, among them the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Board, the National Capital Commission, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (U.S.), and the Toronto Arts Week

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel has published architecture and planning work in the professional press. Her articles have been published in Canadian Art, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, Community Planning Review, Architecture Canada, Architectural Design, The Canadian Architect, etc.

Throughout her career, she received various honours and awards, including:
- IFHP Grand Prix for Film, 1956;
- Massey Medal for Architecture, 1964;
- Queen's Jubilee Medal for Architecture.

Blanche L. van Ginkel donated her personal files to the University of Toronto Archives and the Canadian Center for Architecture. The university received the bulk of her personal files that contains material documenting her administrative and teaching activities, including material relating to professional societies and exhibitions.
Conditions governing access:
  • Open for use by qualified researchers. Access by appointment only.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the collection, please contact the CCA (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer:
  • Gift of Blanche Lemco van Ginkel in 1993, 1996, and 1998.
Custodial history:
  • The CCA had acquired in 1988 the Van Ginkel Associates fonds. The practice was established in 1957 in Montréal by H.P. Daniel van Ginkel and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel. The latter has donated to the CCA her personal files that are now forming the Blanche Lemco van Ginkel fonds that complements this prior acquisition.
Archivist's note:
  • The initial accession was processed by J. Craig Babe in 1993. The data was entered in TMS by Mourade Dièye Gueye, in 1994 and later revised and standardized by Jennifer Préfontaine in November-December 2016. The additional accruals (ARCON1996:0023 and ARCON1998:0087) were processed by Jennifer Préfontaine in December 2016.
Credit line:
Pour citer la collection en entier | Use this credit line when citing the entire collection:

Blanche Lemco van Ginkel fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Blanche Lemco van Ginkel/
Gift of Blanche Lemco van Ginkel

Pour citer des objets spécifiques, veuillez vérifier la ligne de crédit de l’objet avec Référence à la collection.
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Language of material:
  • English
  • French
Related units of description:
  • The Blanche Lemco van Ginkel fonds is related to the Van Ginkel Associates fonds (AP027) in the CCA Collection.
  • This fonds is related to the Blanche Lemko Van Ginkel fonds at the University of Toronto Archives (B1993-0042) that contains material documenting her administrative and teaching activities, including material relating to professional societies and exhibitions.

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