Book launches this month in Halifax, Lethbridge and Vancouver

Launches for the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present are taking place on Wednesday, November 21 at the Halifax Central Library, on Monday, November 25 at the University of Lethbridge, and on Wednesday, November 27 at the Vancouver Central Library.

The book is co-edited by Canadian Architect’s Elsa Lam and architectural historian Graham Livesey. It includes 15 original texts by authors George Baird, Brian Carter, Ian Chodikoff, Odile Hénault, George Kapelos, Lisa Landrum, Steven Mannell, Sherry McKay, Marco Polo, Lola Sheppard, David Theodore, Larry Wayne Richards, Adele Weder and Mason White. It is extensively illustrated with 500 photographs and drawings.


VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, exterior view, Vancouver, British Columbia. Perkins+Will, 2011. (Nic Lehoux, courtesy Perkins+Will)

November 21, Halifax Central Library

The construction and operation of buildings accounts for 39% of global carbon emissions—more than industry and almost double the transportation sector.  How does Canadian architecture stack up? This event will include presentation of research from Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present and a discussion with panelists Peter Busby, Susan Fitzgerald, and Steven Mannell, moderated by Elsa Lam.

This event is part of the fall lecture series for Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability. It will be recorded by CBC Ideas for possible broadcast.

This event is free to attend, but registration is requested here.


November 18, 2019 – University of Lethbridge

As part of the University of Lethbridge’s Architecture & Design NOW series, book co-editor Graham Livesey presents an overview of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present.


Evergreen Building, Vancouver, British Columbia. Arthur Erickson, 1980. (Geoffrey Erickson, Erickson Estate Collection)

November 27, 2019 – Vancouver Central Library

Join a panel of experts in conversation about the history of Canada’s modern architecture. Topics include the West Coast Modern architecture around Vancouver and the ethos of city-building with nature in mind—a mindset evident in landmarks such as Robson Square and innovative energy-efficient buildings. How did this outlook shape Vancouver’s mid-century architecture? Does it still apply to the city’s contemporary architecture—and should it?

The panel will include book co-editor Elsa Lam and Sherry McKay, a contributing author to the book. It also includes architects James Cheng and John Patkau.

Copies of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present, will be available for sale at the events. The book is also available at booksellers across North America, as well as from online retailers McNally Robinson, Indigo and Amazon. For bulk sales of 10 copies or more, contact Raincoast Books.

Upcoming book launch events and panels

11/13_Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
George Baird and Larry Wayne Richards

11/14_University of Waterloo School of Architecture
Elsa Lam, Martin Liefhebber, Carol Philips, Lola Sheppard

11/21_Halifax Central Library
Peter Busby, Susan Fitzgerald, Elsa Lam, Steven Mannell

11/25_University of Lethbridge
Graham Livesey

11/27_Vancouver Central Library
James KM Cheng, Elsa Lam, Sherry McKay, John Patkau

01/15/20_University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Jessie Andjelic, Dustin Couzens, Matt Knapik, Graham Livesey

01/16/20_Laurentian School of Architecture
Shannon Bassett, Aliki Economides, Terry Galvin, Elsa Lam

02/03/20_University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture
Graham Livesey

02/03/20_McNally Robinson, Winnipeg
Brent Bellamy, Ryan Gorrie, Lisa Landrum, Graham Livesey, Lindsay Osler

02/15/20_Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
Jean-Pierre Chupin, Elsa Lam, David Theodore

02/20/20_Toronto Reference Library

03/05/20_Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science
George Kapelos, Elsa Lam, Marco Polo, Colin Ripley

03/19/20_Toronto Reference Library

03/05/20_Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton
Cynthia Dovell, Jan Kroman, Graham Livesey, Vedran Skopac

04/16/20_Toronto Reference Library

05/21/20_Toronto Reference Library