Photo of Marie-josee Therrien
Photo of Marie-josee Therrien
Marie-josee Therrien
Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 410

Area(s) of Expertise

Canadian architectural history and design, Museum Administration


Marie-Josee Therrien obtained her B.A. in Art History from Universite du Quebec a Montreal. She then pursued an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto during which she completed an internship at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Always interested in contemporary art and architecture, she works as a critic for art journals, radio and television programs. 'she has given lectures on architecture in Canada and abroad. –Professor Therrien received a PhD in Art History at Universite Laval (Quebec City) in 1998. Prior to coming to OCAD University, she worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Canadian Museum of History); the National Film Board of Canada and Radio-Canada. Author of multiple architectural heritage reports for Parks Canada, Therrien has also collaborated on the planning of national conferences on the preservation of Modern architectural heritage. 


1998: PhD, Art History, Universite Laval, Quebec. Dissertation on the architecture of Canadian embassies. 1988: MA, Museum Studies, University of Toronto. Thesis on the architecture of the National Gallery of Canada. 1986: BA, Universit"du Quebec a Montreal (Art History)

Professional Experience

Teaching at OCAD since 2001 Sessional Glendon College/York University, 2005-2006 Art Reporter: CBC/SRC 2008-2009 Architectural Consultant for TFO (French TVO) & Parks Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs Project Leader, Website on Canadian History, National Film Board of Canada, 1998 to 2000 Exhibit Project Manager and Publications Coordinator, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Canadian Museum of History), 1991-1996 Assistant Director, Centre d'histoire de Montreal, 1988-1991 Intern, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 1987 Assistant, Registration, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1986.

Selected Exhibitions

CURATORIAL WORK: Les coulisses de Montr–al. An introduction to the urban and cultural history of Montreal through its service streets. 1989-1990 TELEVISION: Vignettes on Ontario Architecture, broadcast by TFO (French TVO)

Awards \ Grants

2014, SSHRC Institutional Grant 2006 Canada Council Assistance to Practitioners, Critics and Curators in Architecture 2003 Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Publishing grant 1993-1997 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SHRCC) 1987 Ontario Graduate Scholarship 1987 University of Toronto, Open Fellowship 1986-1987 Fonds F.C.A.R., Bourse C 1986 University of Toronto S.T.A.R. Fellowship 1986 University of Toronto, Open Fellowship

Selected Publications

Recently published: "Built to Educate: The Architecture of Schools in the Arctic from 1950 to 2007", Journal for the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, vol. 40, no. 2, 2015 In collaboration: France Vanleathem, Marie-Josee Therrien ed. La sauvegarde de l–architecture moderne, Presses de l–Universit"du Qu–bec, 2014 BOOK: Au-dela des Fronti–res, l'architecture des ambassades canadiennes 1930-2005, Les Presses de l'Universite Laval, 2005 CHAPTERS IN BOOKS: "Canadian Chanceries in Tokyo", Contradictory Impulse: Canada and Japan in the 20th Century, UBC Press, 2008 "Toronto's Parking Garages", in –M. McClelland, G. Stewart, Concrete Toronto, A guide to architecture from Fifties to the Seventies, Coach House, 2007 "Edification nationale et architecture canadienne dans les annees trente. Le cas de l'ambassade du Canada "Tokyo" Un pays prend sa place/A Country Comes of Age, Montreal: Organization for the History of Canada & Zero Faute, 2003 In collaboration with France Vanlaethem, "Modern Architecture in Canada 1940-1967", in H.-J. Henket, H. Heynen, Back from Utopia, The Challenge of the Modern Movement, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2002 – ARTICLES: –Changing trends in the Canadian –mallscape"of the 1950s and 1960s–, Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Journal (SSAC Journal), vol. 36, no. 2, 2011, p. 13-26 "Shopping Malls in Postwar Ontario", DOCOMOMO International Journal, March 2008 "Canada's New Face in Korea", Canadian Architect, Aug. 2008 "O Iekaterina La Grande", Vie des Arts, winter 2005-06 "Diplomatic Malaise. The challenge of Representing Canada Abroad", Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin (SSAC Bulletin), vol. 28, no. 1-2, 2003 "Securite espionnage et diplomatie : l'architecture des chancelleries canadiennes pendant la guerre froide," International Journal, vol. 53, no. 3, Summer 1998

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2002 to 2008, Member of executive committee at large, Toronto Society of Architects 2000 - 2004 Member of the Jury for the Canadian Historical Association John A. MacDonald Awards for the best books on Canadian History 2000 Manuscript assessor for the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada 1999 - 2005 Editorial Board of the International Journal, Canadian Institute of International Affairs 1999 - 2000 Junior Executive Board of Montr?al Chamber Music Festival– 1995-1996 Urban Consultative Committee of the City of Hull (Gatineau) –