In 1972 Matsuzaki moved to Vancouver, working first in the offices of MCCARTER NAIRNE (1972-1974) and then Arthur ERICKSON (1974-84). At Arthur Erickson she was design coordinator for the Provincial Government Office Building and the Courthouse Complex in Vancouver, and Project Architect for a number of buildings, including the Government of Canada Building, Vancouver; a condominium development in West Vancouver; and a mixed-use condominium development in Whistler Village, B.C.
In 1984 Matsuzaki Wright (1984-98) was formed. It was responsible for several award-winning buildings, including Les Terraces apartment tower in West Vancouver (1992) and the C.K. Choi Building on the University of British Columbia campus (1993-1996), an exuberantly sculpted building with towers that facilitate natural ventilation and roofs canted to capture the sun. Matsuzaki Architects (Eva and Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, principals) was founded in 1998.
Two themes are salient in Matsuzaki's practice: an attention to environmentally sound design and a commitment to the architectural and wider community. The C.K. Choi Building (1996, Cornelia Hahn OBERLANDER, Landscape Architect), which houses the Institute for Asian Research, was awarded a Lieutenant-Governor Innovation Award of Excellence in 1998, as well as a number of other awards. It has become a benchmark in "green design" for the innovative manner in which it uses salvaged material, waste-water and natural ventilation. Other of Matsuzaki's environmentally sensitive designs from the 1990s include the Fraser Valley Credit Union, Clearbrook, BC, and the Neptune Food Services Headquarters, Delta, BC.
Matsuzaki is active within institutional aspects of architecture. She has been a design critic, tutorial leader and mentor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. She is a founding member of Women in Architecture and an advocate for women students and practitioners. When elected president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998, she was the first woman to hold this important position.
Author SHERRY MCKAY
Links to Other Sites
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
The website for the Legislative Assembly for the Northwest Territories. See also a description of the building designed by NWT architects Ferguson Simek Clark and Pin Matthews in association with Matsuzaki Architects Inc of Vancouver.
Consultations & Roundtables on Women in Architecture in Canada
This 2003 RAIC report discusses key issues facing women in the profession of architecture in Canada. From the Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada.
Touching the Earth Lightly
An article that focuses on Eva Matsuzaki's passion for environmentally sensitive architecture. From scarlett.ca.
C. K. Choi Building
An article about the environmentally sustainable features of the award-winning C. K. Choi Building at the University of British Columbia. Designed by Matsusaki Wright Architects.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...