about AEF'S Directors

Larry Beasley. Larry is a practicing urbanist, teacher and author. He long served as Chief Planner of Vancouver and is now the Founding Principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy, and the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at UBC. He serves on the Boards of Vancouver’s TransLink and Ottawa’s National Capital Commission. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Kevin Lynch Prize from MIT, the UBC Applied Sciences Dean’s Medal of Distinction, and the award as “Advocate for Architecture” from the RAIC. Larry’s first book, with Jonathan Barnett, Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, led to an EdX on-line worldwide course. Vancouverism, his second book, will be out shortly.

Philip Boname. Philip is the driving force behind the development and growth of Urbanics Consultants Ltd., which he founded in 1976. The firm provides real estate development, project management, and economic impact services to create viable mixed use commercial, industrial, and residential projects including hotels and resorts, recreation and tourism facilities, shopping centres, downtown revitalization and waterfront development projects, and arts and cultural centres in North America and around the world. Philip has more than 48 years of professional experience in a wide variety of studies related to commercial and residential market feasibility, urban development and transit-oriented developments. In addition, he has extensive experience in conducting financial feasibility studies, economic impact assessments and downtown revitalization studies.

Trevor Boddy. Trevor is a critic of contemporary architecture/urbanism and a consulting urban designer. He is a Fellow of the RAIC, and holds Honorary Membership in the AIA. At the 2011 World Architecture Congress, Trevor’s essay “MEGA + MICRO: Canada, Innovation at the Extremes” received commendation for the UIA/CICA’s Pierre Vago Prize for best architectural criticism worldwide. His “HybridCity” was included in the 2011 VAG exhibition “WE Vancouver: 12 Manifestoes for the City.” As curator, Trevor produced the “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” exhibition named marquee event for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture. Appointed Adjunct Professor in UBC’s SALA in 2012 and 2014; previous appointments at Manitoba, Oregon, Toronto and Carleton, plus serving as a studio critic and lecturer world-wide.

David Covo. David is an Associate Professor and past Director (1996-2007) of the School of Architecture at McGill University, where he has taught since 1977. He is currently teaching design, drawing and sketching, and professional practice, and he has maintained a private consulting practice since 1976. His research activities are related to his teaching and architectural practice and address drawing and the design process, building science, the special architectural requirements of the disabled, and housing in developing countries. He has worked professionally in Montreal, and in Pakistan in 1976 with John Schreiber and Yasmeen Lari, Architects, and as an academic he been active in teaching and/or research in Mexico, China, Romania, South Korea and Singapore. David is a Member of the Order of Architects of Quebec and a Fellow of the RAIC.

Clinton Cuddington. Clinton is the Founder and co-Principal of Measured Architecture. Prior to forming Measured in 2007 Clinton had amassed an impressive public architecture pedigree, including nine years as an architect for Bing Thom Architects working on commissions that included the redevelopment of the Arena Stage Theatre in Washington, DC, and the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University. With Measured, Clinton has actualized his vision to create a firm where architects can engage and collaborate with clients, builders and other artisans to create outcomes that surpass the sum of the individuals involved. Clinton received his Master of Architecture at University of British Columbia. He is a member of both the RAIC and AIBC, and is on the City of Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy District Advisory Panel. 

Neill Cumberbirch. Neill is a practising Architect in Vancouver. He received a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Victoria and a BArch from the University of British Columbia. He has operated as a sole practitioner since 1977, specializing in the adaptation and rehabilitation of existing residential and commercial building stock. Neill has long been interested in neighbourhood issues, and was instrumental in rezoning two hundred properties, representing a neighbourhood adjacent to Shaughnessy, to better address the desires of the local citizenry. Along with Heritage Planner Don Luxton, he received the Heritage BC "Award of Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Planning and Management" for the Arthur Erickson House and Garden Conservation Plan.

Christopher Erickson.

Barry Johns. Barry is a practising architect, and former Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows (2011-2017). Since 1981, his firm Barry Johns Architecture has sustained a reputation as an innovative design practice – with 100 design awards from around the world, including an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts and the Governor General's Medal for Architecture. Deeply influenced by his six-year tenure with Arthur Erickson Architects in the 1970s, Barry is passionate about the role of architecture as a means to leading positive change in our communities. He believes in the need to ‘tread lightly upon the earth’, and in an architecture that champions inclusive humanism. Barry has received multiple honours including Honorary Fellowship with the AIA, and the Order of Athabasca University. He is the first international recipient (2018) of the Leslie M. Boney Medal from the AIA.

Phyllis Lambert. Phyllis is Founding Director Emeritus, Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Her contributions to architecture and urbanism are incalculable, from her work on major buildings worldwide to her catalytic effect in Montreal. In the 1950s, as Director of Planning for Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, she was instrumental in adding a landmark to New York’s skyline. Twenty-five years later in founding the CCA she deepened and expanded the culture of architecture locally and internationally. In 1996, she formed the Fonds d’Investissement de MontrĂ©al, which invests in revitalization of low- and medium-income housing. Lambert is a Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, she was honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Donald Luxton. Born and raised in Vancouver, Don has a passionate interest in local history and heritage. Involved in the field of heritage and cultural resource management since 1983, he is a well-known consultant, advocate, educator and award-winning author, and has worked on numerous projects throughout western Canada, including municipal planning projects, heritage registers, the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and the development of museums and cultural facilities. He is active in the field of public education through the teaching of heritage and cultural resource management courses, and his interest in conservation has led to his continuing involvement with a number of heritage societies. In 2007, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Lois Milsom. Lois first met Arthur at the original Arts Club, on Pender Street, in the 50s. He had just come from Oregon where he had been teaching, and Lois was newly-arrived in Vancouver having given up a NYC modelling career. She had been exposed to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and especially impressed by his Fallingwater house. She discovered it was that building which had inspired Arthur to take up architecture (that and his father's advice that "if he wanted to be an artist, be an architect”; that way he would at least earn some money). When Lois enrolled in the UBC School of Architecture, Arthur was teaching. Later she was introduced to his friend and collaborator Francisco and the three of them became great friends. She was with Arthur when he died, and will always miss him.

William McLean. William graduated from McGill's School of Architecture in 1974, and subsequently practised architecture and environmental graphic design in Ottawa and Vancouver. Through his firms Gallop/McLean and Campbell McLean Design Limited he contributed to Expo 86, the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and other significant projects in western Canada. In 1992 he was granted an LL.B. degree from UBC. After his call to the BC bar he created a new career as a construction lawyer, which he continued until his retirement from the firm McLean & Armstrong in 2013. William has appeared in every level of court, including in the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also represented clients in mediation and arbitration settings. William serves on the board of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, and is a discipline panelist for the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

Michael Prokopow. Michael is an historian, critic and curator. He writes about material culture, art, aesthetics and the built environment. He is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where, among other things, he teaches in the graduate curatorial practice and criticism program and the interdisciplinary program in art, media and design and serves as the associate dean of graduate studies. Michael is the author of "Smith House II" on the second house designed by Arthur Erickson for the artists Gordon and Marion Smith, the seventh book in the UBC SALA West Coast Modern House series. He serves on the boards of C Magazine, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Craft Ontario. He is a contributor to the exhibition catalogue "Douglas Coupland: everything is anything is anywhere is everywhere".

Simon Scott. Following architectural studies in England, Simon emigrated to Canada and met Arthur Erickson in 1965. He then joined Erickson Massey Architects. In 1972-73 he worked in Rome with the late Roloff Beny on his book “In Italy”. Returning to Canada Simon photographed for, and designed, the book “The Architecture of Arthur Erickson” and was awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts design award. Simon then formed his own firm to pursue architectural photography, graphics and presentation. He continued his work with Erickson’s office and other Canadian and US firms, providing architectural photography and publishing. His work has been exhibited in many local exhibitions and at the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and published worldwide. Simon was with Arthur two days before he died, a forty-four year association.

Elizabeth Watts. Liz is a Registered Landscape Architect with varied experience in consulting, government and academia, having worked for Bing Thom Architects, the UBC Landscape Architecture Program, TransLink, and local municipalities. Project work ranges from the integration of cycling, walking and transit facilities in our cities, to heritage advocacy, park planning and design, sustainable landscape design, and residential design. In 1992 Liz rallied nation-wide support to stop the distress sale of Arthur's house and garden due to his financial insolvency. She led the establishment of a charitable organization dedicated to preserving the house and garden as a heritage site, which has now grown to become the Arthur Erickson Foundation. Liz continues to be passionate about the relevance of promoting Arthur’s legacy to Canada and the world.


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