Twelve Modern Houses 1945-1985, is part of the ongoing mandate of the Canadian Architectural Archives to examine the characteristics of Canadian architecture as reflected in the collections of the University of Calgary Library, examines twelve architect-created houses designed between the 1940s and the 1980s for several distinct regions of Canada. The architects chosen number among the most prolific and best known in Canada who were working during this period, including Raymond T. Affleck, Raymond Moriyama, Arthur Erickson, Douglas Cardinal, John B. Parkin Associates, and Patkau Architects.
Other architects with perhaps a more regional reputation have also been included, such as the Vancouver-based firm of McCarter & Nairne, Calgary's Jack Long, and Edmonton's Peter Hemingway.
Apart from the documentation of the twelve houses (drawings and photos), there are interpretative essays on each. A co-authored introductory essay explores several related themes: modernity, the contemporary house, approaches to landscape, and the role of drawings in contemporary practice.
About the authors
Graham Livesey is associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He was a principal in Down + Livesey Architects of Calgary from 1995 to 2004.
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.
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.
Other titles by Graham Livesey
Other titles by Michael McMordie
Other titles by Geoffrey Simmins
John C. Parkin, Archives and Photography
Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture
The Architecture of Jeremy Sturgess
Ron (Gyo-zo) Spickett, Artist, Poet, Priest
The Canadian West
Documents in Canadian Architecture
Building the Victorian Dream