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Arthur Erickson portrait
Simon Fraser more than any other of Erickson's designs projected him into the forefront of American architecture. It was followed by the MacMillan Bloedell Building in Vancouver 1965; the University of Lethbridge 1968; the Bank of Canada in Ottawa 1969; Canadian Pavilion in Osaka 1970; the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver 1972; the Eppich houses 1972; and Robson Square in Vancouver 1973. As Arthur Erickson had received prestigious recognition, the Molson Prize, the Royal Bank Award, the Auguste Perret Prize presented triennially by the International Union of Architects, and, since these awards mark well his notable achievements, it was suggested that the degree to be conferred that day was "not only for what he had already done but for what he has still to do." This was not an idle statement when one considers what was yet to come: the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, the Order of Canada, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal, and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

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