National Film Board of Canada re-releases documentary to commemorate Erickson’s 100th anniversary

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson's birth, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has re-released a 1981 documentary.

Photo credit: National Film Board of Canada (NFB)


The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has re-released a 1981 documentary about Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of his birth on June 14.

The film, called Arthur Erickson, directed by Jack Long, was restored and digitized from the NFB’s vault near Montreal, and is also part of an initiative to re-release more NFB collection films.

Arthur Erickson is a portrait of the architect internationally known for his unique style. Seated in his Vancouver home, Erickson talks easily about his art, the importance of interpreting the site and of achieving harmony between environment and structure, the inseparability of climate and site, and the cultural role of a building.

The film features five of his projects where Erickson explains how the designs evolved and what he was trying to achieve.

Shot on location in Canada, Japan and Kuwait, the film introduces the man, the architect, and the humanist.

The film is available for streaming at no cost, and no subscription needed, worldwide on the National Film Board of Canada’s platform,


Arthur Erickson, Jack Long, provided by the National Film Board of Canada