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  • 7 Dec 2017 5:50 PM | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)


    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)

    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


  • 20 Sep 2015 12:31 PM | William McLean (Administrator)


    Alan Bell talks about working with Arthur on the Abu Nuwas project in Baghdad:

    "Arthur’s large projects usually went through an extended period of gestation, with extensive studies and dialogue involving various design team members.  But in 1981, for the Abu Nuwas project in Baghdad, we were required to produce two complete, bold schemes for the entire 3.5 km of Tigris River frontage for a very tight deadline. These two schemes were to serve as the focus for an international planning and design conference in Baghdad, and to provoke clearer instructions from the ultimate client – Saddam Hussein himself.  And each scheme required a “big idea” that could only come from Arthur.

    "Arthur’s first 'big idea' – a new island in the middle of the river – had come very quickly in response to a surprise question from the Mayor of Baghdad.  But as the days ticked by, the team was getting desperate for Arthur to come up with a bold concept for the second scheme.  Then one morning, faxed from wherever Arthur happened to be that day, we received five pages of 8½ x 11” sketches that he had done on his airplane tray table or in his hotel room.  Three sheets combined to form a complete layout for a series of gardens along the banks of the Tigris, while the other two sheets provided more detail on some individual gardens, right down to species of scented trees and geometries inspired by traditional Islamic patterning."

    Photo credit: Erickson Estate Collection


  • 15 Sep 2015 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    On a sunny Sunday afternoon in August, AEF Tour Director Simon Scott hosted a couple and their six guests for champagne and hors d’oeuvres in Arthur Erickson’s “Secret Garden.” 

    The couple successfully bid for this tour at the East Vancouver Cultural Centre’s Annual Gala Fundraiser, where Simon spoke about Arthur’s life and career. Simon showed them the grounds and shared stories of the garden and Arthur’s many guests. David Stouck also read from his recent book, the acclaimed Arthur Erickson biography, An Architect’s Life.

    In a note of thanks, the guests wrote, “What a lovely sanctuary from the cares and troubles of the world! The anecdotes and readings you each shared so greatly enriched our understanding of Arthur, his life and his genius. We are so very convinced that a way has to be found to preserve that oasis for other generations.”

    The AEF wishes to thank Simon for so generously donating his time and money to the AEF to enable this lovely event.

    Photo credit: Erickson Estate Collection


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Photo credit: Erickson Estate Collection