Canadian Architect announces the passing of former editor Anthony Jackson

Anthony Jackson (September 4, 1926-July 22, 2015), architectural theorist and historian, was a person of remarkable dignity, wisdom and nobility. Born in the East End of London, early on he distinguished himself academically and attended the Regent’s Street Polytechnic, where he studied architecture from ages 16 to 18. From 1945 to 1948 he served in the Intelligence Corps and participated in the British withdrawal from India before returning to London to complete his studies. In 1949 he married celebrated artist Sarah Jeanette Jackson, with whom he shared a similar passion for art, ideas and social justice.

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Following graduation he was part of the Design Research Unit, which designed exhibitions for the Festival of Britain in 1951, and lectured in design at the Municipal College, Southend on Sea. In 1956 he participated with Sarah in the seminal art exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

The couple moved to Canada in 1956, settling in Ottawa where he worked for the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission, and then Toronto, where Tony was Technical Editor and later Executive Editor of The Canadian Architect from 1959-1962.

In 1963 the family moved to Halifax, where he had been offered a job at the newly established School of Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. Tony was an influential professor at the School of Architecture for nearly 30 years (serving as Acting Dean in 1977), inspiring his students to deeply question and reflect on their education.

Jackson’s publications include: The Politics of Architecture (1970), A Place Called Home (1976), The Democratization of Canadian Architecture (1978), The Future of Canadian Architecture (1979), Space in Canadian Architecture (1981), and Reconstructing Architecture (1995). His writings offer concentrated, clear, and incisive critiques of the architectural profession, and promote buildings that reflect the values of the people who inhabit them. His ideas on the significant role that vernacular building styles might play in architectural design are expressed both in his writings and through his students’ implementation of these concepts in their designs.

A person of outstanding integrity, generosity and fairness, he was deeply respected by friends and family; he will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2:00pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Beth Israel Synagogue cemetery. He is survived by his daughter Naomi, and son, Timothy. Letters/cards may be sent to Naomi Jackson, 1956 E. Citation Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284, or by e-mail at