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John C. Parkin, Archives and Photography

Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture

by (author) Linda Fraser, Michael McMordie & Geoffrey Simmins

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2013
General, General, General, Monographs, Artists, Architects, Photographers
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Architectural practice in post-World War II Canada brought substantial change to the face of the Canadian built environment, led by the contribution of John C. Parkin. As senior partner at the Toronto-based architectural firm John B. Parkin Associates (no relation) from 1947 to the 1970s, Parkin oversaw the creation of a large number of modernist projects, including hospitals, airports, schools, shopping malls, and factories, and received national recognition for his contributions. This richly illustrated book includes an interview with John C. Parkin and essays that examine the incorporation of art in built architecture, the influence of architectural photography in defining Modern architecture to a Canadian public, the importance of architectural archives, and the corporate structure of a large, highly successful Canadian architectural firm.

About the authors

Linda Fraser is the Archivist and Chief Curator of the Canadian Architectural Archives.

Linda Fraser's profile page

Michael McMordie is a Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. He has written numerous articles on architecture and environmental design.

Michael McMordie's profile page

Geoffrey Simmins is Associate Dean, Research and Planning, at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Arts. He is also adjunct professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Environmental Design. His publications include both contemporary and historical books, exhibition catalogues, numerous encyclopedia articles, and videos on Canadian art and architectural history.

Geoffrey Simmins' profile page


  • Short-listed, ARLIS/NA Melva J. Dwyer Award

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