Arthur Erickson

Arthur Erickson

An Architect's Life

Book - 2013
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An intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage.

Arthur Erickson, Canada's preeminent philosopher-architect, was renowned for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition and his epic vision of architecture for people. Erickson worked chiefly in concrete, which he called "the marble of our times," and wherever they appear, his buildings move the spirit with their poetic freshness and their mission to inspire. Erickson was also a controversial figure, more than once attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and leading a complicated personal life that resulted in a series of bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that recalls a Greek tragedy, Canada's great architect -- a handsome, elegant man who lived like a millionaire and counted among his close friends Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor -- eventually became penniless. Arthur Erickson is both an intimate portrait of the man and a stirring account of how he made his buildings work.

Publisher: Madeira Park, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2013]
Description: ix, 460 pages, 12 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781771000116
Branch Call Number: 720.92 Eri


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Jun 20, 2019

If you are a knowledgeable Vancouverite, then, you are sure to be familiar with the eye-catching architectural designs of Arthur Erickson, as a number of his buildings are plainly visible at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland for you to see.

Arthur Erickson was, of course, born on Vancouver and he is one of the few Canadian architects whose work is recognized the world over for its bold and innovative appearance.

This biography of Erickson certainly covers a lot of ground when it comes to both his public persona and his private identity. He died in 2009 at the age of 84.

Jun 17, 2019

Born (1924) in Vancouver, British Columbia - Arthur Erickson is undoubtedly Canada's preeminent philosopher-architect who was renowned internationally for his decidedly bold, innovative, and epic vision of architecture for people.

Meticulously written by Canadian-born English professor, David Stouck - "An Architect's Life" not only takes a close-up look at Erickson as a literal phenomenon of cultural heroes who stands tall as a genius - But, it also examines his sexual orientation, as well, which certainly played a major role in his personal identity.

This biography includes numerous pages of b&w photos, too.

(*Note*) - In 2009 - Arthur Erickson (84 at the time) died when his health began to seriously deteriorate.

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