Monday, April 16, 2007

John Patkau Biography

John Patkau and his wife Patricia founded Patkau Architects in Edmonton in the late 1970s and are now based in Vancouver where they are recognized as one of Canada’s most awarded architectural firms. There are currently three principals: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau and Michael Cunningham, and three associates: David Shone, Peter Suter and Greg Boothroyd.

In the 1980s a series of early houses, schools, libraries and galleries helped to establish the firm’s design reputation. Success in a number of international design competitions in the 1990s set the stage for their current practice. Since then, their work has expanded to include a wide variety of building types. Projects vary in scale from gallery installations to urban planning, from houses to major urban libraries, from glassware and furniture design to research into sustainable practice and the future of educational technologies. Current work includes a 320 bed student housing project at the University of Pennsylvania, an ‘ecological’ hotel in Beacon, New York, the new central library in Montreal, an interdisciplinary Center for Music, Art and Design at the University of Manitoba, an aquatic ecosystems research lab at the University of British Columbia and a major addition to the Winnipeg Public Library.

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