Arthur Erickson, dead at 84

Legendary Canadian architect dies in Vancouver hospital

Modernist great Arthur Erickson, who called concrete the “marble of our time,” and saw his finances and reputation plummet and rebound over the past two decades, has died in Vancouver, aged 84. Erickson, who designed the Canadian Embassy in Washington and the California Plaza in L.A., is best known for the many landmarks he designed in Vancouver, a place he once called a “hick city,” including Vancouver’s downtown law courts complex, the stunning Museum of Anthropology at U.B.C., the MacMillan Bloedel building on Georgia St., Simon Fraser University (in suburban Burnaby), and more recently, the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at U.B.C.

Vancouver Sun

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