the massive university hall, the university’s inaugural building which opened in 1971, remains the
central focus of campus. It, too, was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Like at SFU, the
natural landscape played a role in Mr. Erickson’s
work. Built dramatically within the folds of a large
coulee, the long horizontal structure is meant to
mimic the flat prairie horizon. Both the SFU and
U of Lethbridge buildings are stunning, “concrete”
examples of Mr. Erickson’s modernist style.
simon fraser university is forever linked to famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson (and
his lesser-known colleague, Geoffrey Massey). Mr.
Erickson was tasked with designing the SFU campus, and its centrepiece is the much-photographed
Academic Quadrangle with its long reflecting pool,
completed in 1965 just in time for the opening of
the university. Mr. Erickson wrote that he carefully incorporated Burnaby Mountain into his design,
finding inspiration in the Acropolis in Athens.
7Academic Quadrangle Simon Fraser University
8University Hall University of Lethbridge