Films

Coast Modern Film

Filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome take you on a journey through three generations of modernist movements on the West…

At Home with Gordon Smith

The force behind design and culture magazine Inventory, Ryan Willms takes a special trip to visit key modernist artist Gordon Smith, who at…

City Dreamers Film

Joseph Hillel examines our changing urban environment, asking these four women, each of them inspiring trailblazers, about their views on…

Monographs

The Poetics of West Coast Modernism

This catalogue was published in conjunction with exhibitions held at the Ferry Building Gallery, Gallery at West Vancouver Memorial Library…

Twelve Modern Houses 1945-1985

“This publication, part of the ongoing mandate of the Canadian Architectural Archives to examine the characteristics of Canadian architecture as…

The West Coast Modern House

A landmark study and densely informative chronicle of Vancouver residential architecture from the 1940s through the mid-1960’s, richly illustrated with…

Vancouverism

“Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But between Expo 86 and the Olympic Games in…

Selwyn Pullan

The stark beauty of an iconic architectural movement is captured in this rare collection of stunning images. As an emerging…

Rise and Sprawl: The Condominiumization of Toronto

This is the story of the rise and sprawl of the condo tower in Toronto. The sheer number of new…

Dreamers & Designers

“West Vancouver is a community defined by its geography, bordered on three sides by the ocean, backed by mountainous wilderness…

West Coast Residential

“This book presents an occasion to sample again mid-century modern architecture and consider its influence on contemporary architecture on the…

Design for Living

“Does Your House Fit You?” In 1949, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver posed this question in their catalogue for…

Selwyn Pullan: What’s Lost

“Selwyn Pullan’s significant contribution to architectural photography has long been acknowledged by writers, designers, his peers in photography, and his…

Builders of the Pacific Coast

“A unique style of carpentry has developed over the past 40 years along the west coast of North America. This…

The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver

“The Modernist architecture of the two post-war decades established Vancouver’s reputation as a center for progressive design and culture, a…

Cabin Fever

“Cabin Fever traces the course of the cabin in Canada and the United States – from the simple architecture of colonial…

Dream City

“Located at the edge of a continent and at the corresponding edge of national public consciousness, Vancouver has developed in…

Designers + Firms

Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life

“An intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage. Arthur Erickson, Canada’s pre-eminent…

Arthur Erickson: Critical Works

“At long last, here is a book of critical thought that analyzes Arthur Erickson’s best work and situates it as a…

Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes

“Canadian architect Arthur Erickson (1924-2009), was a passionate advocate of cultural awareness and a fervent explorer of human and natural…

Seven Stones

“The book on the architect. Time magazine (US) has described Canada’s Erickson as a superstar in his field. Iglauer, in her best New…

The Architecture of Arthur Erickson

“The Filberg, Smith, Catton, and Eppich houses, Simon Fraser and Lethbridge Universities, and Expo ’67 and Osaka pavilions, and the…

The Architecture of Arthur Erickson

“The Filberg, Smith, Catton, and Eppich houses, Simon Fraser and Lethbridge Universities, and Expo ’67 and Osaka pavilions, and the…

AOA25

“AOA25 presents a chronology of projects that hold a special significance for founding partners Russell Acton and Mark Ostry, in part because they…

Barry Downs: Melding Architecture with Landscape

Barry Downs: Melding Architecture with Landscape presents a delightful compendium of the architectural works of one our foremost pioneers of…

BattersbyHowat Architects

“Monograph highlighting the contemporary West Coast designs of Vancouver’s BattersbyHowat Architects with an in-depth review of ten projects. Foreword by…

Bing Thom Works

“A revealing look at the holistic, community-centred philosophy behind Bing Thom’s internationally acclaimed architecture. Forgotten spaces, declining malls and sterilized…

Scale + Timbre

“The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts was designed by Bing Thom Architects (BTA) of Vancouver, BC. The Chan’s international…

Blue Sky Living

Blue Sky Living features spectacular designs from an outstanding Canadian firm including stunning full-colour photography ·The book is written by…

Blue Sky Architecture: Picturesque, Tectonic, Romantic

“Based in Vancouver, this enthusiastic firm creates beautifully romantic buildings with a distinct West Coast Style. This is a unique…

Busby: Architecture’s New Edges

Part monograph and part analysis on the post-traditional design industry by architect Peter Busby, a founding member of the Canada…

City Builder: The Architecture of James KM Cheng

“This comprehensive, richly-illustrated monograph provides the first in-depth account of the award-winning work by James KM Cheng Architects, a Canadian…

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape

Susan Herrington’s definitive biography about one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century. For six decades, Oberlander…

Play House: The Architecture of Daniel Evan White

In the only retrospective published of his work, Play House: The Architecture of Daniel Evan White is a exhibition catalogue that…

Francisco Kripacz: Interior Design

“Arthur Erickson was one of the 20th century’s premier architects, but little has been written about the man who designed…

Living Spaces: The Architecture of Fred Hollingsworth

“Canadian architect Fred Hollingsworth designed his first house in 1946. Since then he has created some of the most innovative…

Towards an Ethical Architecture

“Towards an Ethical Architecture: Issues Within the Work of Gregory Henriquez cites an urgent need to re-examine the role of ethics,…

Patkau Architects: Material Operations

“Patkau Architects is known for creating innovative, sculptural buildings that convey artistic expression through the purposeful use of materials. Patkau…

Patkau Architects

“Patkau Architects by Kenneth Frampton highlights the firm of Patkau Architects which was founded in 1978. This comprehensive monograph includes…

Patkau Architects

“Numerous examples of this Canadian team’s award-winning work are showcased in this volume. The book opens with a wide-ranging consideration…

Patkau Architects: Investigations into the Particular

“Ten projects from the firm whose poetic creativity is at the forefront of contemporary Canadian architecture. Includes foreword by Essy…

Patkau Architects: Selected Projects 1983‑1993

“Ten projects from the firm whose poetic creativity is at the forefront of contemporary Canadian architecture. Includes foreword by Essy…

Peter Cardew: Ordinary Buildings

Ordinary Buildings is a catalogue of works by Peter Cardew exhibited at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver in…

Richard Henriquez: Memory Theatre

“Throughout a twenty-five-year career marked by numerous awards and successful competition entries, the Canadian architect Richard Henriquez has brought a…

Richard Henriquez Selected Works: 1964-2005

“Richard Henriquez is a major figure in Canadian architecture today. Born in Jamaica and educated at the University of Manitoba…

Ron Thom and the Allied Arts

Ron Thom (1923–1986) first made his name in British Columbia as an architect of dramatic, award-winning houses; and then in…

Ron Thom: The Shaping of an Architect

“Ron Thom was an enigma in Canadian architecture. Best known in the West as a major influence in the development…

William Krisel’s Palm Springs

“This first major monograph chronicling the work and architectural philosophy of William Krisel features examples and insights from Krisel’s own…

Without a Blueprint

“Zoltan Kiss was born in Györ, Hungary. After a classical education at a Catholic boys’ school, he moved to Budapest…

Buildings & Projects

Binning House

“This book focuses on what is arguably the first significant piece of modern residential architecture in Western Canada: The BC…

Copp House

“In 1950, a young Vancouver architectural apprentice was handed a small house project that his boss was too busy to…

Downs House II

“Downs House II presents an original and comprehensive overview of the home that local architect Barry Downs built for himself in…

Eppich House II

“One glimpse of the cascading steel beams mirrored in the reflecting pond and it’s clear that the Hugo and Brigitte…

Friedman House

“Built in 1955, and dully restored in 2014, House Friedman was designed by internationally-trained architect, Frederic Lasserre, founder of the…

House Shumiatcher

“Imagine a site fifteen minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, able to capture in one view: snow-covered mountains and…

Merrick House

“Merrick House is an exhaustive documentation of one of the Western Architectural period jewels, a home, Merrick, as a young…

Smith II House

“Over the course of his distinguished career, architect Arthur Erickson (1924-2009) designed numerous houses, each an exercise in transforming the…

Artists

B.C. Binning

“A celebration of the life and work of Bertram Charles Binning, one of Canada’s foremost artists, architectural innovators and arts…

Gordon Smith: Don’t Look Back

“This major new artist’s monograph presents the works of legendary Canadian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Gordon Smith. Smith has been…

Anthologies

A Modern Life: Art and Design in BC 1945-1960

“In 1949, the forest magnate, H.R. MacMillan, opened an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery entitled “Design for Living,” a…

Architecture and National Identity

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects, 50 Years On Marco L. Polo and Colin Ripley explore the remarkable philosophy…

Canada: Modern Architectures in History

“Canada is a country of massive size, of diverse geographical features and an equally diverse population—all features that are magnificently…

Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home

“Canadian Contemporary is an outstanding compilation title offering comprehensive insight into Canada’s residential architecture realm as it currently stands. Stunning full-color…

Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present

“Canada’s most distinguished architectural critics and scholars offer fresh insights into the country’s unique modern and contemporary architecture. Beginning with…

Up North

“The legacy of Canadian architecture grows out of the landscape, a landscape that is mythic in its scale and power….

Writings on Architecture and the City

Anthology of critical essays by George Baird, written over the course of a prominent career in architectural practice and education….

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