Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize recognizes the author of a book that “contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.”
Supported by Marquis, Victoria Bindery, and First Choice Books
Judges: Celia Duthie, Richard Hopkins, Scott Steedman
Winner! Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life
by David Stouck
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Arthur Erickson, Canada’s pre-eminent philosopher-architect, was renowned for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic vision of architecture for people. Erickson worked chiefly in concrete, which he called “the marble of our times,” and wherever they appear, his buildings move the spirit with their poetic freshness and their mission to inspire. But he was also a controversial figure, more than once attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and leading a complicated personal life that resulted in a series of bankruptcies. This first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of 84, traces his life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage. David Stouck is a professor and biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize.