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Arthur Erickson 1924-2009

On May 20, 2009 the internationally known Canadian architect Arthur Erickson passed away.

Erickson was known for his dramatic and distinctive designs, including the campus of Simon Fraser University in B.C., Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the Canadian Chancery  in Washington, D.C. and countless other works.

On his own website, he posted the following words:
"Architecture, as I see it, is the art of composing spaces in response to existing environmental and urbanistic conditions to answer a client's needs. In this way, the building becomes the resolution between its inner being and the outer conditions imposed upon it.  It is never solitary but is part of its setting and thus must blend in a timeless way with its surroundings yet show its own fresh presence...

We are not peddlers of the fashionable. We believe that good design defies fashion, is truly innovative, eminently sensible, yet a source of inspiration to those who have the pleasure of living with it."