As tourists stroll through the legislative buildings in Victoria or refresh themselves with tea at the Empress Hotel just down the street, they would not be surprised that the man who designed these historic buildings was the leading architect of his day in British Columbia.
James Purcell, stonemason, contractor, architect (b c1804; flourished 1841-58 at St John's, Nfld). Purcell was brought to Newfoundland in 1841 by the Roman Catholic bishop, Rev M.A. Fleming, to superintend the construction of the cathedral after a dispute with the original superintendent.
Abel Joseph (Jack) Diamond, OC, O.Ont, architect (born 8 November 1932 in Piet Retief, South Africa). An Officer of the Order of Canada and multiple winner of the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Jack Diamond is one of the most significant and successful Canadian architects of his generation.
Winner of two Massey Awards, Clifford Wiens's distinguished body of work reflects both corporate modern architecture and a broader expressionist movement. Wiens’s distinctive approach to structure and form is shaped by his relationship with the abstract painters in the Regina Five and his background in industrial design.