LAMBERT, PHYLLIS (1927– ), Canadian architect and urban renewal advocate; she is the daughter of Sam (the industrialist and founder of Seagrams) and Saidye *Bronfman. Lambert was born in Montreal. She studied fine art at Vassar and at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. In 1963 she earned a degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. While still in her twenties and before earning her architectural degree, Sam Bronfman entrusted his daughter to direct construction of the landmark Seagram Building in New York. Ensuring the building would be an architectural showcase, she selected world-renowned Mies van der Rohe to be the project's architect. As an architect in her own right Lambert's designs include the Saidye Bronfman Center in Montreal.
Phyllis Lambert has been recognized for her tireless advocacy of modern architecture, concern for urban conservation,
Phyllis Lambert received many awards for her work, including the Order of Canada, the highest honor Canada can bestow on a citizen.
[Harold Troper (2nd ed.)]
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