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Ladislav Holovsky Architect

  • 1978-present

Holovsky's solo practice existed ca. 1981-1984. He currently practices as Chang Holovsky Architects Inc.

Representative projects include: the CBC Broadcasting Facility, Western Community Courthouse, and the Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club.

McCann, Kathleen

  • Person

Kathleen McCann is a direct descendant of James Dunsmuir. Her mother was Judith Humphreys, a daughter of Kathleen Dunsmuir, the second youngest daughter of James and Laura Dunsmuir’s ten children.

McCarter Nairne

  • 1921-1982

John Y. McCarter (b. 1886- d.1981) and George C. Nairne's (b. 1884-d. 1953) long-lived design firm was responsible for numerous buildings in Vancouver, including two of the city's first skyscrapers: the Medical Dental Building (1928-9, demolished 1988), and the landmark Marine Building (1928-30, still standing).

They are known as one of the most important Vancouver architectural firms in their period. Their buildings reveal a willingness to experiment with modern architectural styles. Both the Medical Dental Building and the Marine Building, for instance, exemplify the Art Deco style. The firm’s experience with this style is reflected in the design of the Grant Building. They are also noted for their use of the Modern Gothic style, elements of which are reflected in the Nixon Building.

Although they are best known for their Vancouver projects, McCarter Nairne first met in the Victoria offices of Thomas Hooper, where McCarter trained and Nairne worked for a period of time. Hooper’s offices moved to Vancouver during their time with him.
In part because of the support of government contracts, the firm continued working through the 1930s and the war years. Canadian Services College Royal Roads is among their significant projects.

The two original partners’ final project was Vancouver’s modernist General Post Office (1952-58). The firm continued operation under a series of partners until 1982.

Paul Merrick Architects

  • Corporate body
  • 1984-present

Paul Merrick Architects is a firm of architects with offices in Victoria and Vancouver. Founded in 1984 by principals Paul Merrick and Roger Bayley, the firm has designed numerous buildings in the two cities. The firm took on new principal architects in 2004, although Merrick remains. Merrick is himself a well-known Canadian architect.

Robert F. Harrison Associates

  • 1961-?

Robert F. Harrison Associates were significant contributors to the design of Simon Fraser University. At SFU, their work responded to the overall university plan by noted Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey. At both SFU and Royal Roads, they were responsible for the design of the library.

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