Ambassador Wilson Issues Statement Following the Death of Arthur Erickson
Washington, DC, May 21, 2009 – “I was deeply saddened to learn of Arthur Erickson’s passing. Canada, and the world, have lost a remarkable architect, one whose accomplishments spanned the globe. Here at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, I have the good fortune of working in one of his inspiring buildings every day, and I hope that his designs will continue to lead innovation and originality in the next generation of international designers. He never forgot the quintessentially Canadian touchstones in his design of our iconic Embassy.”
Arthur Erickson was chosen by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to design the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. His design won widespread acclaim and was officially opened in May 1989 by then prime minister Brian Mulroney. Erickson designed countless buildings around the world including the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, San Diego Convention Center, the Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, England, California Plaza in Los Angeles, and most recently the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. May 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Embassy of Canada residing in the Erickson building in Washington, D.C.