Arthur Erickson Foundation launches celebrations of AE100 centennial

Vancouver will recognize the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned architect Arthur Erickson with 12 months of celebrations beginning June 14, 2024.

Photo credit: Arthur Erickson Foundation

The Erickson family together with the Arthur Erickson Foundation (AEF) have announced the launch of AE100, a program of local and national celebrations, films, exhibits and lectures that will take place over 12 months in Erickson’s honour, beginning June 14, 2024 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of architect Arthur Charles Erickson.

In honour of this milestone, June 14, 2024 will be proclaimed as “Arthur Erickson Day” by the Office of the Mayor, City of Vancouver.

The Proclamation lauds Erickson, “…whose buildings have transformed cities and landscapes across Canada, the USA, and around the world, [and who] leaves his legacy in the work of generations of architects, interns, and students who were inspired by him and continue to be guided by his principles and ideas.”

The following are a list of events that will celebrate the milestone.


Now until July 20:

A Refuge: Arthur Erickson. Co-curated by Clinton Cuddington and Hilary Letwin, this exhibition explores Arthur Erickson in the context of his own home in Point Grey, Vancouver, where he lived from 1957 to 2009. The exhibition features Selwyn Pullan’s photographs from the collection of the West Vancouver Art Museum of Erickson in his home and garden.

Spring and Summer 2024:

Guided tours of the Erickson House and Garden on Thursdays and Sundays.

Friday June 14 to 16, 2024:

Museum Of Anthropology  Reopening Weekend. Family-friendly festivities and half-priced admission all weekend long, including performances, staff tours, and hands-on workshops. A special architectural presentation and birthday cake cutting will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday June 14, 2024.

June 14 to 18, 2024:

Erickson on Film: A Centennial Celebration. AEF Board member Architecture critic and historian Trevor Boddy (FRAIC) has curated three special events combining dialogue, special guests, and film charting Erickson’s life and creative works as seen by both documentarians and Hollywood directors; a glimpse at how his ideas and passions transformed Vancouver. At VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St. Vancouver.

July 7, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

AE100: Arthur Erickson Centennial Celebration at Robson Square presenting free family-friendly performances and activities showcasing the multicultural influences on Erickson’s work from his extensive travels around the world. Erickson-designed Robson Square, with its cascading pools and gardens, is a world-renowned urban oasis at the heart of Vancouver.

Festivities include Van-Okinawa Taiko drummers, opera singer Laura Widgett, Juno-nominated Latin band Mazacote, a display of famous Erickson buildings built by LEGO artist Paul Hetherington, and carving demonstrations by Indigenous master artist Clarence Mills, an associate of the great Bill Reid.

July 10, 2024, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:

Site | Light | Cadence | Space | Arthur Erickson Revisited. A panel discussion at the Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver. A collaboration of the West Coast Modern League and the West Vancouver Museum of Art.

Fall 2024:

CCA exhibition of Erickson/Webber correspondence.

November 6 to 10, 2024:

The Premier of a new documentary film premiering at the Architecture and Design Film Festival, Vancouver. The film is produced by Coast Modern producer Leah Mallen of All In Productions and Directed by Danny Berish and Ryan Mah of Black Rhino Creative.

2024-2025

Arthur Erickson Centenary Lecture Series: Presented by the Arthur Erickson Foundation, with the support of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the institutions hosting the lectures. A series of seven lectures to be given by architects, critics and theorists in cities across in Canada to honour the centenary of Erickson’s birth. A central goal of the lecture series is to raise awareness in the architectural community and the public at large of the work and legacies of Arthur Erickson. It is hoped that the lectures will be streamed and published.

This initiative will represent the first extended effort by the AEF to make known to the public the many dimensions of Mr. Erickson’s thinking, activism and designs. Details about the lecture series will be announced on the AEF website.

Late Spring 2025:

The visionary world of Arthur Erickson will be presented in a cutting-edge immersive exhibition of stunning visuals and sounds at Arthur Erickson Place (formerly MacMillan Bloedel Building).

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