A Beardless, Brainy Place
Canadian Architectural Archives


Canadian Architectural Archives,
University of Calgary Library,
PAN 551149, Accession 262A/99.01

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J.B. Parkin Office, Don Mills, Ontario, Panda Photography fonds.

The practice of John B. Parkin, with John C. Parkin (no relation) as principle, was established in the 1940s and became the largest and most influential architectural firm in Canada through the 1960s and 1970s. Organized on an "industrial" business model, the firm has been described as "The Brain Factory" where a "beard was regarded with suspicion".

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