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  • 12 Apr 2018 2:51 PM | William McLean (Administrator)

    From an undated speech, included in "Speeches by Arthur Erickson" (University of British Columbia Library): "The house was purchased in 1957 for $11,000. What attracted me to it was the garden—the whole of the property (66x120) was to the south of the house, since the house was on the lane, and had been developed as a colourful English herbaceous border garden concealing a vegetable and raspberry patch at the southern end. The house itself had been built about 40 years earlier as a garage to be lived in while the main house was built—properly, on the centre of the property. It was temporarily converted into a dwelling with a small lean-to and divided into a set of miniature rooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, front hall, bedroom and bathroom. But the owners never built the main house. Instead they added a single garage next door which, when I bought it, was used for storage.

    "I set a destructive Irish sailor-handyman to taking down all the partitions, arriving only in time to save the collapse of the roof by propping it up with a wood and terra cotta Ionian column I had retrieved from the demolition of a former residence. That was the first conversion—as a one-roomed house furnished with marble slabs from the urinals of the old Vancouver Hotel and seating made from the straw benches of the former trolley cars of Vancouver, gold dragon's-blood Chinese paper lacquered into antiquity with many layers of pigmented lacquer and a teak cabinet kitchen. The garage became a guest room for visiting guests but only in summer for there was no heat.

    "The garden changed more dramatically. In the second year long grass covered the property since it was never cut and the English garden struggled through the grass as if the place had been romantically deserted. But the third year the flowers no longer appeared, except for the forlorn roses hanging off the trellises and the grass was too long to even scythe. The only solution was to bring in a bulldozer and use it for contouring the lot to obscure the only disturbing view from the house—that down the length of the lot to the ugly brown shingle arched front porch of the neighbor across the street to the south …" 

    AE in his living room at 4195 West 14th Avenue, 1972
    Photo credit: Selwyn Pullan 

  • 10 Dec 2017 5:56 PM | William McLean (Administrator)

    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 | William McLean (Administrator)


    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 | 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.

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Photo credit: Erickson Estate Collection