Eberhard Zeidler and Dr. John Evans honoured with new lecture series at McMaster University

September 08, 2022
John Evans and Eberhard Zeidler look over a model of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre in 1969. Photography credit: Tom Bochsler Photography

Architecture of Health: The Annual Zeidler-Evans Lecture Series explores the relationship between architecture and health care.

The lecture series is sponsored by the family of Dr. John Evans, the first dean of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, to honour Eberhard Zeidler, architect of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre.

Evans was hired by McMaster in 1965 to create the university’s medical school. He began working with Zeidler in 1967 to design the 1.3 million square foot school and major hospital. Called “obsolescence-proof” by the World Hospital Congress, this landmark building was the first integrated patient-care, education and research complex to incorporate interstitial space for maximum flexibility.

The inaugural lecture on September 12 will be given by Professor Annmarie Adams. Titled ‘Three hospitals. Two visionaries. One credo,’ the talk explores the architectural innovation of several of Zeidler’s ground-breaking designs. Adams will demonstrate how the McMaster Health Sciences Centre (Hamilton, 1972), Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre (Edmonton, 1986), and SickKids Hospital (Toronto, 1993) reshaped health care buildings around the world.

More information and registration for the lecture is available here.

[Update] Watch a recording of the lecture here and a recap of the event by the Daily Commercial News here.

Photo of Eberhard Zeidler, 1926 – 2022

Eberhard Zeidler, 1926 – 2022

Photo of McMaster Health Sciences Centre

McMaster Health Sciences Centre

Photo of SickKids Slaight Family Atrium

SickKids Slaight Family Atrium

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