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David Theodore

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  • Scholar 2009
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Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
McGill University
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David Theodore recently completed a doctorate in the History of Architecture, Medicine, and Science at Harvard University, and has joined the School of Architecture, McGill University, as Assistant Professor. He has co-published on the history of medicine and architecture in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Social Science & Medicine, and Scientia Canadensis. An active design journalist and critic, he is a regional correspondent for Canadian Architect, a contributing editor at Azure, and a contributor to The Phaidon Atlas of 21st-Century World Architecture.

Experience as a Trudeau Scholar

What do Trudeau Foundation Scholars do? In my life as a Trudeau Foundation Scholar, I: posed as a human statue on a sidewalk in downtown Montreal; talked convertibles with a former director of CSIS; visited the President’s Residence at the University of Saskatchewan; talked to robots in the basement of St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim, Norway; went on a guided tour of social housing in the Ottawa suburbs led by a front-line community worker; learned about skies in Uganda while watching a thunderstorm approach across the Canadian prairie; talked about the task of writing with a novelist whose books I devoured in high school; introduced my son to a former Chief Scientist of Canada; discussed the economics of American healthcare reform over lunch with Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus; and, mostly, changed.