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Fonds F0002 - Arthur Erickson fonds

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Arthur Erickson fonds


  • 1963-1970 (Creation)

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14, 839 drawings and other materials

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Canadian architect. Arthur Charles Erickson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 14, 1924. He attended the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 1942-45) and McGill University (Montreal, 1946-50) where he received his B.Arch. (Honours). He was awarded the McLennan Travelling Scholarship for architectural research in the Middle East and Europe (1950-53). He had his own practice from 1953-62 (Vancouver), then formed Erickson/Massey Architects with partner Geoffrey Massey (Vancouver, 1963-72). In 1972, he became principal in the firm Arthur Erickson Architects (Vancouver, Los Angeles and Toronto), and since 1977 he has been President of Arthur Erickson Associates (Vancouver, Toronto, Kuwait, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (1953), an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1953), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1978), and a Companion in the Order of Canada (1981). Awards include: Massey Medal, 1955, 1958, 1967 (3 times) and 1970 (3 times); Canada Council Fellowship, 1961; First Prize, Simon Fraser University Competition, Burnaby, British Columbia, 1963; Tokyo International Trade Fair Award, 1965; Centennial Design Award, National Housing Design Council, 1967; Residential Design Award, Canadian Housing Design Council, 1975; Auguste Perret Award, International Union of Architects, 1974; Honour Award (4 times), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1980; Gold Medal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1984; Chicago Architecture Award, 1984; Gold Medal, French Academy of Architecture, 1984.

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Acquired by donation in 1976.

Erickson, Arthur Charles, 1924-2009

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Fonds consists of drawings, specifications, correspondence, and office files from the architectural practice of Arthur Erickson, 1963-1970. Significant projects include: Grauer Garden Terrace & Cabana, Vancouver, BC; Simon Fraser University Master Plan, Burnaby, BC; Canadian Pavilion, Expo '67; MacMillan Bloedel Building, Vancouver, BC; Canadian Pavilion, Expo '70; Project I, University of Lethbridge, AB; Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

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Further accruals expected.

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The material is in English.

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Includes record nos: 4A/76.13


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