Description: This is part 4 of 5 of an interview with Arthur Erickson. This interview was conducted by Abraham Roganick on July 28, 1986 at Erickson’s home in Vancouver, B.C.
Arthur Erickson (1924-2009) was a noted Canadian architect, responsible for the designs of projects such as the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and Simon Fraser University. Erickson received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1986 in recognition for his body of work. In the interview he discusses the guiding principles, inspiration and esthetics behind his work and includes discussion of specific projects such as Simon Fraser University, the Russell House in Washington State and the Science Museum in Riyad.
This interview is part of the Donald Schmechel Oral History Collection. Don Schmechel, who was a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation board, began this project with Seattle Public Library in 1984, with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) brought on board as a partner in early 1985. Schmechel himself worked to raise the funding for the project, and volunteered his time to manage the project, and to conduct interviews along with a crew of volunteers. Originally titled the Videotaping Historic Figures (VHF) Program, the project interviewed 91 people, with a portion of the interviews entering the collections of the Seattle Public Library and a portion of them going to MOHAI.The interviews conducted with these Seattle civic, business and cultural leaders in 1985 are valuable first-hand accounts that provide insight into developments taking place in the mid-twentieth century.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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