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David Stouck’s biography of renowned local architect Arthur Erickson is the winner of the second annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. The $1,000 prize, given by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, will be awarded at a June reception at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. 

Stouck was chosen for his book Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre). His extensive study details the manifold contrasts and contradictions of Erickson – a one-time UBC architecture professor who became internationally renowned and designed some of Vancouver’s signature buildings (including UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, Stouck’s personal favourite).

“Although Arthur Erickson’s career was global, the biography is first and foremost a book about British Columbia,” says Stouck, who is based in North Vancouver. “Winning the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize is important because this will help make it known to those I consider the book’s first audience – the people of B.C.”  

“Congratulations to David Stouck for winning the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize,” says Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “His study of a complex man and a brilliant architect offers an absorbing profile of an iconic British Columbian.”

Stouck met Stuart-Stubbs 30 years ago while editing the unpublished writings of Ethel Wilson, the Vancouver writer. “A particular charm attaches to that encounter for both Stuart-Stubbs’s enthusiasm for Wilson’s writing, and for his knowledge of her family’s role in the city’s history,” he recalls.  

Arthur Erickson was one of three shortlisted titles for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize. The other nominees included Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj (UBC Press) and Charles Edenshaw by Robin Kathleen Wright, Daina Augaitis, Robert Davidson and James Hart (Black Dog Publishing) For the full citations, please visit Shortlist 2014).

Stouck’s winning title was also awarded the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize at the 2014 B.C. Book Prizes. It was nominated for the 2014 RBC Charles Taylor Non-Fiction Prize.


About the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia

The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian who passed away in 2012. Stuart-Stubbs’s many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and as the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.

Displays will rotate from April 25 to August 31 in the Ridington Room at UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture Library.


During Asian Heritage Month, visitors of the Irving K. Barber Centre will have the opportunity to the experience the history, culture and symbolism of the Classical Chinese Garden in a series of specially-curated and thematic display cases.

As part of the month-long exhibition, the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre present a public presentation “A View Within a View: Garden Expressions,
Exchanges & Explorations” on Saturday May 24th, 2014 – 11:30am-1:00pm at the Chilcotin Room (Rm 256) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A moderated presentation will be hosted for collaborated garden conversations with the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Japanese Garden. Join us on UBC Alumni Weekend to listen to speakers in lively talks about these built spaces of nature and the role they play in our contemporary urban contexts. All are welcome, the event is free. For more information, contact Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian, or Susan Ma, Director of Educational Programming at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or 604-662-3207 ext. 205.


Kathy Gibler - Executive Director since 2006, Kathy Gibler has been an integral part of the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society for 14 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she was on the Board of Trustees for seven years. As Board President, Kathy guided the Garden through a major expansion from 2002 to 2004, and previously served with the Garden as a docent, tour guide, and president of volunteers.

Douglas Justice - Along with duties as the Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, Douglas also teaches in both the Applied Biology and Masters of Landscape Architecture programs at UBC and is involved with public and industry extension. A former nursery manager, gardener and horticulture instructor, Douglas holds a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a Master’s in botany. He is an active member of a number of local, national and international plant and garden organizations and is currently writing a book on trees for the Vancouver area.

Ryo Sugiyama - Ryo is the Curator of Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC.



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