Masters of West Coast Modernism celebrates Barry Downs, Zoltan Kiss, Blair Macdonald, Geoffrey Massey, Arthur Müdry
VANCOUVER: On September 12th, the West Coast Modern League will hold the inaugural event in this series, celebrating the creative contributions of Barry Downs, Zoltan Kiss, Blair Macdonald, Geoffrey Massey, and Arthur Müdry – five architects who have been integral in the shaping of evolution of the west coast design ethos. With all five masters present, several hundred designers and members of the public alike joined the reception to celebrate the tributes, gain insight into their creative influences, and honour the critical works that have become emblematic of their rich careers.
Resting on the ideals that architecture is rooted in its place by form and materiality, responsive to its climate and other natural forces, and enriched by the integration of artistic influences, West Coast Modernism is a design movement that has shaped, and continues to inform, the architectural identity and lifestyle of Canada’s west coast. This unique, regional and vernacular approach to modernism is widely recognized and attributed to built works throughout Greater Vancouver and the southern coastal areas of British Columbia, beginning with the 1941 B.C. Binning House–a National Historic Site of Canada. Forming part of this rich design history, our five special guests have had an indelible impact on our built environment, each offering unique values and artistic inspiration in their architectural practice.
Joined by these West Coast Modern Masters, this celebration will feature a presentation of architectural works, mementos, artefacts, and artistic works of personal and continued significance to their careers and/ or design processes.
Reception + Lecture:
TUES, SEPT 12, 2017 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm PST
West Vancouver Museum, 680 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC
Presented by the West Coast Modern League
In Partnership with West Vancouver Museum
Free event. Open to the public.
EVENTS: Masters of West Coast Modernism, Vol. I