November 22, 2002
by Canadian Architect
Boris E. Zerafa, who passed away November 2 from a drawn out illness, was one of Canada’s most prominent architects. Zerafa moved to Canada after training as an architect in London, England. He helped found Canada’s largest architectural firm: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership Inc. (WZMH). With his enormous thirst for the world, Zerafa won many awards across the globe in countries such as England, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Canada, including two Massey Medals.
His designs have helped shape the skylines of Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary with achievements like the Royal Bank Plaza, the Sun Life Centre, the Bow Valley Square and City Hall in Calgary He also designed and created the Petro Canada Building. Overseas, he designed the King Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Zerafa was awarded a Royal Canadian Academy of Arts membership in 1975. He was also Chairman of the Board for the Toronto French School, playing a large part in its development.