Fonds F0009 - Dale Chandler Kennedy Partnership fonds

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Dale Chandler Kennedy Partnership fonds


  • 1955-1982 (Creation)

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ca. 59,000 drawings and other material

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Architectural firm founded in Calgary, Alberta in July 1955 by Albert Dale. In 1974 the firm of A. Dale & Associates merged with that of Chandler/Kennedy Architects and became known as the DCK Partnership. In the year of the merger with A. Dale & Associates, the new firm opened a second office in Edmonton. Three years later, Alberta Dale retired and the firm changed its name to the Chandler/Kennedy Architectural Group in order to emphasize the team nature of contemporary practice. In 1978, the partnership expanded still further by opening an office in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and an agency in Vancouver, BC. An increasing number of commissions abroad necessitated the creation of a subsidiary, the Chandler/Kennedy Architectural Group - International, and two further offices were opened: London, England, and Dubai, UAE. From the beginning, the firm has extended its activities beyond individual building projects to include various planning studies for small towns, colleges, commercial and office complexes as well as major developments of high and low density land uses.

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Sheldon H. Chandler received his B.Arch. at McGill University (1963) then trained with Aspler & Kula (Montreal) and Nils & Eva Koppel in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1968 he was admitted as a member of the Alberta Association of Architects and opened his own practice in Calgary.

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Gordon Gerald Kennedy received his B.Arch. from the University of British Columbia (1964) and trained with J.H. Cook & Associates, W.G. Milne, and Beatson Stevens & Associates (all of Calgary). In June 1965 he was admitted to the Alberta Association of Architects and in 1970 he joined Sheldon Chandler in the partnership of Chandler/Kennedy Architects.

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Born in England in 1927, Dale was educated at Manchester and Nottingham University School of Architecture & Town Planning, where he received his Diploma in Architecture (1949) and qualified as a Town Planning Consultant (1953). After emigrating to Canada, he registered with the Alberta Association of Architects (December 1954) and opened his own architectural and Town Planning office (Calgary). In 1974 the firm of A. Dale & Associates merged with that of Chandler/Kennedy Architects and became known as the DCK Partnership.

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Acquired by donation in 1978, 1984, and 1987.

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Fonds consists of drawings, display material, microfilm, aperture cards, specifications, correspondence, and office files from the architectural practice of Dale Chandler Kennedy Partnership, 1955-1982. Significant projects include: Palliser Square, Calgary, AB; Olds Agricultural and Vocational College, Olds, AB; McLaurin Village, Calgary, AB; Hull Estates, Calgary, AB; Chevron Plaza, Calgary, AB; Eau Clair Complex, Calgary, AB; Lindsay Park Aquatic Centre, Calgary, AB.

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Further accruals expected.

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The material is in English.

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Also includes ca. 540 items of display material, ca. 154 m of textual records, 52 microfilm reels (35 mm), and ca. 7,000 aperture cards (8 x 19 cm).


Includes record nos: 47A/79.03, 195A/84.16, 235A/87.03


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