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  • 10 Dec 2017 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Brent Jang, writing in the Globe & Mail 2017.12.05: "It could be just the ticket for saving some of Vancouver's heritage properties, starting with the cherished home and garden of the late architect Arthur Erickson ... (read more)

  • 9 Dec 2017 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    As a result of a Special Resolution passed by members at their 2017 annual general meeting, the Arthur Erickson Foundation is now governed by new bylaws.

    The bylaws are custom-made for AEF, and designed to dovetail with British Columbia's updated Societies Act legislation. This legislation was intended by the BC government to modernize and update the rules for the governance of all not-for-profit organizations incorporated in the province, including AEF. 

    AEF's new bylaws, available by clicking here, have been completely rewritten since the 1993 originals. Notable revisions include those dealing with electronic participation at general and other meetings (bylaws 5.2 and 9.3), the nomination and election of new board members (bylaw 7.3), and rules for committees and councils (part 12).

    The new bylaws came into effect on October 6, 2017.

  • 7 Dec 2017 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    Lara Fominoff, writing in the Lethbridge News Now 2017.12.06: "In Vancouver, a city where lots with just a single home are becoming closer to unicorn-like status, the Arthur Erickson Foundation is trying desperately to hold on to its property, to preserve it and to restore it as a heritage site. ... (read more)

  • 6 Dec 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Arthur's nephew and AEF Board member, Christopher Erickson, reminisces about the Erickson garden: "Not sure where the term 'Moon Viewing Platform' came from as it was not originally referred to as such. It had been a marble that Arthur had scored from the demolition of the old police station, but became so cracked over time it had to be replaced. Geoff and I installed this granite under Arthur’s supervision which he described as the 'Egyptian way' with a sand base. The granite was donated by Frank Mahovolich, a great supporter of Arthur. I always thought the marble looked better, but you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth."

  • 12 Oct 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    At their 2017 annual general meeting, AEF members have acclaimed a board of 15 directors, three of whom are new.

    Returning directors are Phyllis Lambert (Chair); Phil Boname (President); Liz Watts (Vice-President, West); Michael Propokow (Vice-President, East); Simon Scott (Treasurer); Christopher Erickson; Neill Cumberbirch; David Covo; Linda Fraser; Hugo Eppich; Lois Milsom; and Larry Beasley.

    New directors are Don Luxton; Clinton Cuddington; and William McLean.

  • 17 Apr 2017 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    John Mackie included Arthur in the Vancouver Sun's "150 Noteworthy British Columbians", writing on 2017.04.17: "In the 1970s and ’80s, Erickson’s fame spread internationally thanks to acclaimed structures like Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. But it’s in his native B.C. where Erickson designed many of his marvels, including the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C., Robson Square in downtown Vancouver and the Filberg house in Comox ... (read more)

  • 6 Dec 2016 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    The 2015 Erickson House and Garden Conservation Plan (available here) is part of a larger package being assembled, including detailed architectural plans, condition report, conservation costing, to assist in the long term conservation of the Arthur Erickson House and Garden, through a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the City of Vancouver.

    The plan was prepared by Donald Luxton & Associates and Neill Cumberbirch Architect. At its 35th Anniversary Awards Gala in February 2016, Heritage BC cited the authors of the conservation plan for Outstanding Achievement in the category Heritage Planning and Management.

  • 22 Sep 2015 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Larry Beasley, AEF board member, and Jonathan Barrett have recently published a book to demonstrate that a sustainable built and natural environment can be achieved through ecodesign, which integrates the practice of planning and urban design with environmental conservation, through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in many communities. Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – designers, public officials, and politicians.

    Visit the website, and read a review from the Landscape Architects Network.

  • 22 Sep 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Phyllis Lambert, Chair of the AEF board, recently published her book Building Seagram, which is a personal and deeply researched cultural history of architecture, art, urban regulations and real estate, as well as conservation and stewardship in New York City. Lambert was 27 when she took over the search for an architect and chose Mies van der Rohe. Through her choice, she established her role as a leading architectural patron and singlehandedly changed the face of American urban architecture.

    Read reviews from the New York Times and the London Review of Books.

  • 21 Sep 2015 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    Erika Brandl Mouton of the McGill School of Architecture is the 2015 winner of the Arthur Erickson Travel Study Scholarship, jointly awarded by the Arthur Erickson Foundation, the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, and the Erickson family at the RCA’s annual general meeting in the spring of 2015. 

    With the award, Erika will be undertaking a Study of Southern American States architectural iconography CA / AZ / NM / TX. “Erickson stated that the most important aspect of his work was to get people ‘to see things in a different light,’” she describes. “[My] project aims at seeing these ornamental structures, sheds, signs and other structures through a renewed angle that celebrates their cultural importance.”

    The Erickson family wishes to note, in particular, the generous contributions of Western Living Magazine, to the Arthur Erickson Fund for Excellence which helped fund this scholarship. We very much look forward to seeing Erika’s report on her travels.

    Photo credit: Guy Lavigeur

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Photo credit: Erickson Estate Collection