In 1871, the Department of Public Works appointed the first Chief Dominion Architect to design and supervise the construction of the West Block of Parliament. Over the years the Chief Dominion Architect designed most of the federal buildings in Canada, including the post offices and armouries in most towns across Canada. After World War II, more and more of the government’s big design projects were contracted out. The title was changed to Chief Architect in 1963 and finally discontinued in 1975, with its responsibilities transferred to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Design and Construction, Department of Public Works. Today, that post is handled by the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Real Property Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada.
These are the Chief Dominion Architects of Canada. Architects before 1947 are illustrated with a building they designed. All photos by me.
Joseph Charles Gustave Brault, 1947-52.
Edwin Alexander Gardner, 1952-63.
James Alfred Langford, 1963-75.