Born in 1927 in Montreal, Phyllis Lambert had an early interest in architecture. Even before graduating in architecture at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963, she had persuaded her father appoint her Director of Planning of the Seagram Building in New York, for which she was instrumental in hiring architect Mies van der Rohe. The landmark building was completed in 1958. Ever since, she has been committed to the protection of older buildings and neighbourhoods in her hometown of Montreal, where in 1979 she founded the Centre Canadien d’Architecture. In 2014 she received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for her life’s work.