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Monday, March 05, 2007

Arthur Erickson

Arthur Erickson - Dead at 84

Vancouver-based architect Arthur Erickson was interviewed by the poetically insightful H. Masud Taj at the National Gallery in Ottawa on Monday, 5 March 2007. The audience showed up in droves this evening for the final event for this year's Carleton University School of Architecture Forum Lecture Series. Strictly standing room only for those unfortunate to arrive late.

Erickson stayed on after the interview to sign a few copies of his books.

A slide show of six of Erickson's major works was featured throughout the evening with colour commentary provided by the architect.

Retired Canadian Senator and former broadcaster, journalist and author Laurier LaPierre was in the audience and posed for a photo. I grew up watching this gentleman on TV back in the 70s and 80s.

Arthur Erickson signing a copy of his Critical Works for a fan.

Janine Debanné, who teaches at Carleton University School of Architecture, co-coordinates the Forum Lecture Series and invited Arthur Erickson to Ottawa. Janine Debanné introduced Arthur Erickson and Massud Taj that evening. The event's conversational-style format provided a more intimate style which came off very well.

Arthur Erickson was accompanied to Ottawa by Cheryl Cooper, the founding director of the Arthur Erickson Conservancy. Cheryl Cooper elaborated that "the conversation style was based on a similar format they used in Vancouver for the opening of the Arthur Erickson: Critical Works Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in May 2006, where Arthur Erickson was in conversation with the curator and editor, Nicholas Olsberg."

During the evening's talk, images of six public projects were projected on the background as a visual reference for both the conversationalists and the audience. Carleton's Director of the School of Architecture, Dr. Marco Frascari, appreciated the idea of an interview on the stage of the National Gallery and recommended H. Masud Taj, who is experienced in interviewing Forum speakers and many international architects. According to Ms. Cooper, "the images were prepared by Mr. Erickson, the graphic designer in his office, Nicole Milkovich, and Cheryl Cooper."

(more photos here)

Thought this may be of some interest: I came across a blog post with photos of a 'typical' Arthur Erickson well-designed living space:


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