Architecture Talks: Paul Merrick in Conversation with Hilary Letwin [VIRTUAL]
Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m.–8 p.m.Free
Join Paul Merrick and Hilary Letwin as they discuss the preparation of the exhibition A Twist of the Rules: The Architecture of Paul Merrick on display at the West Vancouver Art Museum, June 8 to July 23.
A resident of West Vancouver for six decades, architect Paul Merrick has had a significant hand in shaping the skylines of West Vancouver, Vancouver, Victoria, and far beyond. Over the course of his career, he contributed to the early plans for the development of False Creek, as well as overseeing the design of City Square, the renovations of the Orpheum Theatre and the West Vancouver Memorial Library, and the retro-fitting of the Marine and the BC Hydro Electra Buildings. His residential projects include the notable Killey residence in Vancouver and his own residence in the Eagle Harbour neighbourhood of West Vancouver. Built in 1973, this latter house is an extraordinary feat of wood and glass nestled in the forest and is frequently classified as “carpenter Gothic.” This exhibition showcases 12 of Merrick’s most important projects spanning his 60-plus year career, exploring his design hallmarks and granting insight into his process.
Paul Merrick was born in 1938 in Vancouver. He is an original co-founder of the practice Merrick Architecture–Borowski Sakumoto McIntyre and Webb. The recipient of multiple awards, Merrick is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and, in 2014, was the recipient of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Hilary Letwin gained her PhD in Art History from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She has held Curatorial Fellowships at the British Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Recent projects include Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci (2020); Design for Living: West Coast Modern Homes Revisited (2019); Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper (2019); and Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town (2018). She currently works as the Museum Administrator/Curator at the West Vancouver Art Museum.
Photo credit: Paul Merrick, Sketch of the Merrick House (West Vancouver), ink on paper. Courtesy of Alastair Johnstone and Jeanette Langmann.
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