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Pyramid of Coba in the Yucatan in Mexico.

Pyramid of Coba in the Yucatan in Mexico.

When we think of amazing buildings, pyramids are often the first type to come to mind. I know I visited Mexico for the pyramids, not the sand and ocean!

And you’ve no doubt seen some of the television shows about these ancient builders–the architects of the past. In fact, the ancient Egyptian, Imhotep, is considered to be the first architect. He designed–of course–a pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt in 2630 – 2611 BC.

Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.

Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.

Since then, architects have poured over designs and drawings, coming up with all kinds of amazing things, from buildings to bridges to monuments, like Mount Rushmore.

Learn More About Architects in Canada

So who designed the man-made landscape in Canada? Not surprisingly, the model of the architect/Jesuit priest persisted in French Canada. In English Canada, the traditions mainly came from the United Kingdom, with a few from the U.S.

The field, as you might expect, was male dominated, with the first woman architect, Esther Marjorie Hill, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1920. It seems, however, that women from the West were much more interested in architecture than their Eastern counterparts, with the University of Manitoba graduating one-third of all women architects registered in Canada before 1960.

But the design is just the first step. After that comes the long–sometimes years and decades long–process of building. And nobody knows that better than Saskatchewanians living outside the capital city, Regina, as a four-year long plan to build a city bypass and add overpasses to improve highway safety, is in progress.

It already seems like an eternity and we’re only finishing the first year!

However, it does make it easier to appreciate the time it took to build some of these amazing structures around the world.

Infographic: How Long Did it Take to Build?

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How Long Did Famous Structures Take to Build?

From Visually.

How Many Have You Seen?

When I tallied up these architectural masterpieces, I’ve seen 13 of the buildings. How about you? Do tell us in the comments!

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