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Arthur Erickson's family establishes fund at Vancouver Foundation
July 28, 2009 -- The family of renowned architect Arthur Erickson has established a scholarship fund at Vancouver Foundation to help future students of architecture.
Erickson died on May 20, 2009 at the age of 84 after a long and successful career as an architect. His work is known around the world, and he created many of the Lower Mainland’s most recognizable buildings – Simon Fraser University, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Robson Square, the Koerner Library, the Waterfall Building – and numerous private homes. His international designs include California Plaza in Los Angeles, the Etisalat office towers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, and most recently, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
“Arthur was always a student of the arts. He never stopped questioning and learning, and challenging assumptions,” says nephew Christopher Erickson. “He brought the same intellectual rigor and passion to architecture. We thought the best way we could honour his spirit and his legacy is by creating a permanent fund in his memory.”
The Arthur Erickson Foundation for Excellence in Architecture is set up at Vancouver Foundation to take donations at any time and in any amount. Income from the endowment fund will be used to support deserving students of architecture here in B.C.
For more information or to donate to the fund, visit www.vancouverfoundation.ca/arthurerickson
With more than 1,200 funds, and assets of $662 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation, and one of the oldest in North America. In 2008, Vancouver Foundation distributed $60 million through 3,331 grants to communities and innovative projects across British Columbia. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with our donors, has distributed more than $725 million.
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