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Arthur Erickson portrait
On returning to Vancouver in 1953, he slowly began a practice based upon individual houses specially designed to be in harmony with their sites. Sensitivity to landscape developed since childhood, confirmed by his observation of ancient classical monuments, has been fundamental in his approach to design from the start. Each undertaking is a unique opportunity not through a desire to be different but through the conviction that only circumstances could dictate form. While building in context describes his objective, complete site determinism seems a better term to describe the difference in his concept of Simon Fraser University and the University of Lethbridge - not a decade apart and built of the same materials.

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