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The Most Loved Room in the House: The Evolution of the North American Kitchen with John Ota
June 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pmFREE
Author, architectural historian, and alumnus John Ota (BA ’77 Innis) takes us on a tour of famous kitchens—from Julia Child’s to Georgia O’Keeffe’s to Elvis Presley’s.
John Ota—architectural writer, designer, historic preservationist, Innis College graduate—talks about his new book, The Kitchen, which he wrote as part of his quest to seek out—and be inspired by—the great historic kitchens of Canada and the USA.
John Ota was a man on a mission—to put together the perfect kitchen. He set out on a quest across North America, exploring examples of excellent designs throughout history. Along the way, he learned about the origins and evolution of the kitchen, its architecture and its appliances.
“Impeccably researched and beautifully written, there is no other book I know of that is quite like it.” – Bonnie Stern
John Ota is author of The Kitchen, the best-selling book about his search through history for the perfect kitchen. In 1974, he entered Innis College and asked Evelyn Cotter at the Innis Writing Lab for assistance with his papers. She smoked her pipe and graciously helped him to write. Since 1978, John has been involved with architecture and design. He has degrees from Innis College at U of T, the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia, and Columbia University. John has worked in architecture offices in Toronto, New York, and Vancouver; written for major Canadian publications; chaired the awards committee of the Ontario Association of Architects; and served on the Toronto Historical Board.