In Passing: Richard Archambault

Retired Architect Richard (Dick) Archambault FRAIC RCA died peacefully on Tuesday, November 23 at the age of 79. Richard was born in Vancouver, and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 1955. In 1959 he joined the AIBC, later serving on AIBC Council from 1968 to 1975 including time as treasurer and a two-year term as president. Together with Barry Downs MAIBC, he was a founding partner of the reputable Downs/Archambault Architects. He was a former member of the AIBC’s Professional Conduct Committee, also served on various municipal councils during his professional career, including the Gastown Heritage Advisory Committee. He was also an active member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 1991, Richard was awarded a Special Certificate of Recognition by the AIBC for service to the institute and the profession. He retired from practice in 2002. Aside from work, Richard was passionate about the arts and active in the local arts community. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 51 years; brother Phillip; daughters Michelle (David) and Marie (Paul,); and youngest son Adrian. He is predeceased by son Noel. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, the Noel Archambault Memorial Endowment Fund (Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts) or the charity of one’s choice.


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