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Arthur Erickson

An Architect's Life

by (author) David Stouck

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
General, Artists, Architects, Photographers
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
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At long last, here is a book of critical thought that analyzes Arthur Erickson's best work and situates it as a distinctive body of ideas within the mainstream of international architecture in the last half of the twentieth century. Nicholas Olsberg draws on Erickson's own discussion of ideas to present a thoughtful and illuminating reassessment of his most important work. Ricardo Castro's photography captures essential passages of the works as they have matured into their settings. Archival photographs, study models, drawings and plans show how the designs were evolved and their intent conveyed. Essays from Edward Dimendberg, Laurent Stalder and Georges Teyssot add an international and critical context.

This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

About the author

David Stouck is a biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize. With Myler Wilkinson, he edited Genius of Place: Writing about British Columbia. He is professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University.

David Stouck's profile page


  • Long-listed, RBC Taylor Prize
  • Winner, The Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
  • Winner, Basil Stubbs-Stuart Prize
  • Short-listed, Melva J. Dwyer Award
  • Winner, City of Vancouver Book Award
  • Winner, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize
  • Winner, Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design

Editorial Reviews

"A profound document of a book, full of accessible big statement thoughts and awesome illustrations and photographs."

CD Syndicated

"This comprehensive volume analyzes Erickson's best work and his ideas, and places him within the mainstream of international architecture in the 20th century."

Globe & Mail

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