Elsa Lam

Adjunct Professor

Elsa Lam is editor of Canadian Architect magazine.  She holds a PhD in architectural history and theory from Columbia University, completed under the supervision of Kenneth Frampton and Vittoria di Palma. She previously studied architectural history at McGill University and architectural design at the University of Waterloo. Lam has written extensively for architecture and design magazines, as well as collaborating on the editing and writing of several books. Previous to her role at Canadian Architect, she worked with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. She is the co-editor of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present (Princeton Architectural Press and Canadian Architect, 2019), winner of the 2021 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s President’s Medal for Multimedia Representations of Architecture. Lam was the 2012 winner of the Phyllis Lambert Prize for writing in architecture, awarded for her doctoral dissertation “Wilderness Nation: Building Canada’s Railway Landscapes, 1885-1929.”