While not having the prominence of SFU or some of his houses, the Evergreen Building on Pender Street is one of Arthur Erickson’s most influential and important designs. Designed to be flexible as either offices or apartments, the Evergreen has a crisp urban edge along Pender Street, then transforms ingeniously to stacked trays of landscaped decks on the harbour side. Through a multi-year effort by many individuals, businesses and institutions, the Evergreen Building has not just been saved from demolition, but fully preserved. The first example of 1970s Modernist architecture to be both historically designated and fully restored in Western Canada, this reception and presentation at IBI Group’s renewed main floor premises will, for the first time, publicly tell the full story of how the Evergreen Building was saved then preserved, in the words of those who did it. Please join us for this very special fundraising evening (for the Arthur Erickson Foundation), celebrating a key success in Vancouver architectural culture.

March 28, 2019, 5:00 to 8:00 PM

at The Evergreen Building
1285 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Hors d'oeuvres and first drink included; cash bar

This is a fundraising evening benefiting AEF programs and initiatives, including the Arthur Erickson House and Garden. Tickets are very limited, and will be released first come, first served. Price is $125 each (with a $100 tax receipt). If you are not already an Arthur Erickson Foundation member, join and ensure the ongoing preservation of Erickson's legacy; click here for detailsSpecial pricing for new and current AEF members: $100 (with $75 tax receipt).
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5:00 Reception and Tours in the renovated main floor IBI Group studios in the Evergreen Building. At 5:15 and 5:30 IBI staff will take optional small groups of guests to their studios on upper floors, visiting the restored decks with their spectacular harbour views. Please note that the cash bar and appetizer stations will remain open throughout the presentation.

6:00 Talks: “Telling the Evergreen Story”

  • Architecture Critic/Curator Trevor Boddy will act as host, giving a short critical introduction: “Evergreen’s Sources and Influences: Plan 56 to Bjarke Ingels.” Trevor Boddy is a new member of the AEF board, whose most recent books are CITY-BUILDER: The Architecture of James K.M. Cheng (Images Press, Melbourne) and Stantec: Airports (Figure 1 Publishers, Vancouver)
  • AEA Project Architect Barry Johns of Edmonton/Phoenix: “Evergreen’s Design in Detail.” A key design team member for Robson Square and Evergreen Building, Barry Johns is architect of Edmonton’s McEwen University main campus and is the former Chancellor of the RAIC’s College of Fellows
  • Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: “Keeping Evergreen: Planting and Replanting the Decks.” Responsible for both the original Evergreen landscape and its restoration, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is the globally-lauded recipient of the Jellicoe Prize and the first Canadian Governor-General’s Gold Medal in Landscape Architecture
  • IBI Group President David Thom: “Why We Chose the Evergreen Building and Fought to Preserve It.” University of Toronto architecture graduate David Thom moved IBI Group into the Evergreen Building in 2002, and then worked with his board and staff to first save the building, then upgrade four floors of its interiors.
  • Former Co-Director of Vancouver Planning Larry Beasley on “The Architecture of the Deal.” AEF board member Larry Beasley earned the Order of Canada for his services to planning, including working with many colleagues and agencies to save and preserve the Evergreen. His book Vancouverism will be published by UBC Press in May.
  • Francl Architects Principal Stefan Aepli: “Erickson’s Continuity: Shigeru Ban’s Design Rising Next Door.” Pritzker Prize winning Tokyo architect Shigeru Ban has designed “Terrace House” immediately east of Evergreen, its sympathetic ideas in concrete in wood described by Stefan Aepli, partner with Francl Architecture and an ETH Zurich graduate.

7:20 Questions/Answers, then Closing Remarks by Arthur Erickson Foundation President Phil Boname. Phil Boname is founder of Urbanics and has an international reputation as a land and retail expert.

For those who missed the earlier tours there will be at least one more group to view the harbour by night from the IBI studios on a top floor.

Hosted by the Arthur Erickson Foundation and IBI Group.

Above: Harbour elevation of Arthur Erickson’s 1978 Evergreen Building, with Shigeru Ban’s Erickson-inspired “Terrace House” now under construction at left and with mass timber cap at top (rendering courtesy associate Francl Architects)