March 31, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The Canadian Centre for Architecture announced that Nicholas Olsberg, Director of the CCA, has decided to retire after 15 years of ground-breaking service with the CCA. On an interim basis, Phyllis Lambert, CCA Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, will assume the directorship while the Centre seeks a successor. Dr. Olsberg’s retirement will take effect 30 April.
"I have been deferring my retirement plans for some time," said Dr. Olsberg, "but I feel that the time is now right as we have just completed a three-year plan for the CCA’s future development. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have worked closely over the past 15 years with Phyllis and the professional team of the CCA and with the architectural community around the world."
"Dr. Olsberg and I have built the CCA together," said Phyllis Lambert "and we have developed the collection to what it is now – the world’s single most important international research resource in architecture. Dr. Olsberg helped formulate the mission and objectives of the Centre. He has developed and guided an ambitious program of important exhibitions that has successfully extended the profile of the CCA, nationally and internationally. He also succeeded in building strategic partnerships between the CCA and major museums around the world," Ms. Lambert concluded.
Dr. Olsberg joined the CCA in 1989 as its first Head of Collections, became its first Chief Curator in 1991 and was appointed Director in 2001.
Prior to joining the CCA, Dr. Olsberg served from 1984 to 1989 as founding Head of the Archives of the History of Art at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. He directed the Master’s Program in History and Archival Methods at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, from 1979 to 1985 and served as Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts between 1976 and 1979. From 1974 to 1976, Dr. Olsberg was Visiting Fellow in History at the Johns Hopkins University and prior to that served as Editor of the Colonial and State Records of South Carolina for a period of seven years.
A native of Cheshire, England, Dr. Olsberg is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.
CCA’s website is www.cca.qc.ca.