Arthur Müdry spent his early years in Field, British Columbia, where his immigrant parents worked on the railways and instilled in their children the importance and value of education. When Arthur was of school age, he moved to Calgary to live with his grandmother and excelled at school. After high school, he joined the University of Manitoba’s School of Architecture, where he spent five years before moving to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to complete a three year post-graduate degree. Thereafter, a former dean invited Arthur to return to Manitoba, where he taught.
Eventually, Arthur moved to Vancouver and married his dear wife Hazel. Together they raised three children, in West Vancouver and have lived in the community their entire lives. They have lived in a home that was built in the same year that he was born, 1932. Over the years, he and Hazel worked on the house, removing all doors (because Arthur does not like doors!), knocking down walls and playing with the roofline. His home is filled with his passions – artwork from Haida Gwaii, family photos, an extensive library of design and architecture books, and his studio.
Arthur Müdry is a tireless architect having spent many late nights in his studio. He says you have to love architecture and design because it is an all-consuming profession. A great privilege for Arthur was working alongside families in the creation of their homes. One of his most well recognized homes in West Vancouver is the 1965 Beaton House, which was featured in this year’s West Coast Modern Home Tour, and is a wonderful example of West Coast Modernism. Equally impressive is the hyperbolic paraboloid forms of Arthur’s 1967 West Vancouver Baptist Church.
Arthur Müdry (August 2017). Interview with Wendi Campbell.
Arthur Müdry Personal Archives.