Arthur Erickson

Arthur Erickson

biography

ARTHUR CHARLES ERICKSON

Global architect, Arthur Charles Erickson was a passionate advocate of cultural awareness, and a fervent explorer of human and natural environments. His buildings, though remarkably diverse, share deep respect for the context, incomparable freshness and grace, and the dramatic use of space and light. He has brought to his work an understanding of the community of man that, when filtered through his insightful mind and fertile imagination, gives birth to a singular architecture that is in dialogue with the world. (1.)

A Vancouver, B.C. native, Erickson studied at the University of British Columbia and later at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Advanced studies brought Erickson to Greece, Italy, the Middle East and Japan, where he discovered the nuances of architectural style in climate and terrain.

In 1963, Erickson reached a landmark moment in his career when he won a competition to design Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Upon the University’s completion, Erickson’s integrative design gained international acclaim, opening the gateway to a long and distinguished career.

As both architect and professor, Erickson has contributed much to the architectural community. His works include The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Law Courts in Downtown Vancouver, the San Diego Convention Center, Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., California Plaza in Los Angeles, and most recently the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

Erickson’s noteworthy contributions and innovative design work earned him the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1986. The highest honor bestowed by the AIA, Erickson was the first Canadian to receive the reward. Prefacing this honor, Erickson received numerous awards and degrees, including gold medals from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1984 and the French AcadEmie d’Architecture in 1986.

Architecture, as I see it, is the art of composing spaces in response to existing environmental and urbanistic conditions to answer a client’s needs. In this way the building becomes the resolution between its inner being and the outer conditions imposed upon it. It is never solitary, but is part of its setting and thus must blend in a timeless way with its surroundings yet show its own fresh presence. We are not peddlers of the fashionable. We believe that good design defies fashion, is truly innovative, eminently sensible, yet a source of inspiration to those who have the pleasure of living with it.

Arthur Erickson

1. Adapted from Arthur Erickson’s 1986 AIA Gold Medal Citation.
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awards

ARTHUR CHARLES ERICKSON
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1958
Massey Medal, Silver Medal for Killam-Massey Residence, West Vancouver; B.C
1963
First Prize, Simon Fraser University Competition
Pan Pacific Citation of the American Institute of Architects, Hawaiian Chapter, for outstanding contributions in the field of design
1965
Best Design of Pavilion, Tokyo International Trade Fair
Vancouver Citation Award, Architectural Institute of British Columbia
1966
Award, Pre-stressed Concrete Institute
1967
Award, Pre-stressed Concrete Institute
Centennial Design Award, National Housing Design Council
Molson Prize, awarded by Canada Council for the Arts
Massey Medal, Medal for Design of Smith Residence, West Vancouver, BC
Massey Medal, Medal for Design of Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Massey Medal, Medal for Design of the Canadian Pavilion for the International Trade Fair, Tokyo, Japan
Awards (2), Vancouver Chapter of Architectural Institute of British Columbia
1968
Awards (2), Vancouver Chapter of Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Award of Merit, Canadian Architect
1969
Award, Architectural Record (Lam House)
Award, Canadian Housing Design Council Multiple Housing
1970
Massey Medal, Medal for the Design of the MacMillan Bloedel Building, Vancouver, BC
Massey Medal, Medal for the Design of the Canadian Pavilion Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
Triangle Award of the National Society of Interior Designers for the Canadian Pavilion, Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
Award, Architectural Institute of Japan, Best Pavilion Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
First Prize, Competition for Design of an Elementary School In the Southeast Sector of Vancouver
Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect Yearbook, for Elementary School, Southeast Sector, Vancouver
1971
Award, Centre du Plateau Beaubourg, Paris, Cultural Centre Competition
Concrete Award, “Design Canada”, Certificate of Merit for MacMillan Bloedel Building
First Line Award, Canadian Housing Design Council for Catton Residence, West Vancouver; BC
Royal Bank of Canada Award, for outstanding contributions to human welfare and common good
1972
Award, Pre-stressed Concrete Institute, University of Lethbridge, Project 1
1973
Officer of the Order of Canada
Gold Medal, Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and the Allied Arts
DEng (Honoris Causa), Technical University of Nova Scotia
LLD (Honoris Causa), Simon Fraser University
1974
Auguste Perret Award of the International Union of Architects
1975
LLD (Honoris Causa), McGill University
Award, Canadian Housing Design Council for Residential Design
Auguste Perret Award for general excellence in design at the International Union of Architects Congress
1976
Citation, Canadian Architect Yearbook, for the British Columbia Medical Centre, Vancouver, BC
1977
Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect Yearbook, for Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
1978
LLD (Honoris Causa) University of Manitoba
1979
President’s Award of Excellence, American Society of Landscape Architects, for Robson Square
1980
Festival of Architecture Honour Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Robson Square and the Provincial Law Courts
Festival of Architecture Honour Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Eppich Residence, West Vancouver, BC
Festival of Architecture Honour Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
Festival of Architecture Honour Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Habitat Pavilion, Vancouver, BC
Festival of Architecture Award of Merit, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Sikh Temple, Vancouver, BC
Festival of Architecture Award of Merit, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Champlain Heights Community School, Vancouver, BC
1981
Companion of the Order of Canada
LLD (Honoris Causa) Lethbridge University
1982
Governor General’s Award for Architecture, Robson Square Complex
Governor General’s Award for Architecture, Yorkdale Transit System
1983
Governor General’s Award for Architecture, Museum of Anthropology
Medal, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Law Courts
1984
Gold Medal for Outstanding Architect, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
First Chicago Architecture Award (with Philip Johnson)
Gold Medal, French Academy of Architecture
1985
DLit (Honoris Causa) University of British Columbia
1986
Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects
1987
Honorary Fellow of the Collegio d’Architectura d’Espana
1988
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Scotland
DLit (Honoris Causa) Lakehead University
1993
Honorary Fellow of the Colleglo d’Architectura de Mexico
2001
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Honorary Masters of Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation & School
2002
Medal, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Waterfall Building, Vancouver, BC
(with Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.)
2003
Medal, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, USA
(with Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.)
2004
Design Arts Award, Vancouver Arts Awards
Citation, North American Wood Design Awards, Colonnade for Home Depot and Wal-Mart, Avon, Colorado, USA
2007
Premier’s Award of Excellence in Architecture, RCMP Heritage Centre, Regina Saskatchewan
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Prix du XXe siecle award, Simon Fraser University
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Prix du XXe siecle award, Smith House
Canada Post RAIC 100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp, The University of Lethbridge
2010
Urban Development Institute Award for “The Erickson”- Best Residential High Rise
(with Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.)
2011
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Prix du XXe siecle award, Museum of Anthropology
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Prix du XXe siecle award, Robson Square

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