In Passing – Bonnie Karen Maples Retired Architect AIBC FRAIC

It is with great sadness that the AIBC acknowledges the recent passing of Bonnie K. Maples Retired Architect AIBC FRAIC. Bonnie was a tireless supporter of, and advocate for, the architectural profession in Canada and internationally.

Among Bonnie’s many distinctions, she was the first female president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a position she held from 1995-1997. She also held such influential institute roles as Examining Board Member, Oral Examination Chair and NCARB Examination Grader (1988-1994); AIBC Council Member (1992-1994); and AIBC Executive Committee / Treasurer (1993-1994). On the national scene, Bonnie served as President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada from 2003-2004. She was also a member of Canada’s APEC Architect Project’s Monitoring Committee.

Bonnie graduated from McGill University (B. Arch) in 1976, and became registered with the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1978. In 1982, she became a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

She held a particular interest and influence in the healthcare sector, both in private practice and in public service. Her professional career spanned work at Thompson Berwick Pratt & Partners (1981 – 1989); Howard Yano Architects (1989 – 1991); and Wensley Spotowski Architectural Group (1991-1994). Over the past several years, she worked at Providence Health.

She is survived by her husband, architect Alan Maples, their son Andrew, and mother, sister and brother in Montreal.

A service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. at First Memorial Boal Chapel in North Vancouver, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation in Bonnie’s name.

In Passing – Stuart Ian Ashley Piets Retired Architect AIBC

Stuart Ian Ashley Piets Retired Architect AIBC passed away on May 7, 2014.  Stuart passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice after a courageous, nine year battle with cancer.  Stuart will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.  Born in England, Stuart came to Canada in 1970 and lived in Toronto with his wife for 11 years.  They later moved to Nanaimo before settling in Victoria in 1985.  An award-winning architect, his passion for design was undeniable as was his zest for life.  He pursued many varied interests with a remarkable intensity.  From cycling, x-country skiing and kayaking to art, photography and music, he was never idle.  Perhaps most of all, he loved sailing.  If he was not out on the water, he was often found at the marina working on his boat and visiting with friends.  Stuart served as the Registrar for the AIBC and also served as a member of the AIBC’s Illegal Practice Committee for several years.  He was the Chair of the Board of Directors at Glenlyon Norfolk School and sat on the Saanich Design Panel.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the BC Cancer Society or Victoria Hospice.

In Passing: Egil Oddbjorn Lyngen

Egil Oddbjorn Lyngen passed away on April 7, 2014, a year after being diagnosed with ALS. Egil was born in V. Toten, Norway on October 8, 1946 and immigrated to Canada in 1955.  After finishing high school in Enderby, he studied and graduated from UBC in 1975.  He was devoted to his family and uplifted others with his sense of Norwegian humour and inspired others with his goodness and kind heart.  Egil was an accomplished architect and a member of the AIBC for 36 years.  He volunteered at the Norwegian House Society and the 2010 Winter Olympics.  He was a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and enjoyed sport fishing in Campbell River with his brother Arve.

A funeral mass for Egil was held on April 23, 2014.  Egil’s family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Society in Egil’s name.

In Passing: Robert Hull

Robert Hull Architect AIBC FAIA, passed away on April 8, 2014 at the age of sixty eight.  Robert was a beloved colleague and founding partner at The Miller Hull Partnership.  Robert passed away from complications related to a stroke suffered while on sabbatical in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Hull, along with his long-standing business partner David Miller, led The Miller Hull Partnership to national prominence as a leader in the practice of Pacific Northwest regional design.

The two met while studying architecture at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, after which Hull served four years in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, where he designed more than 100 sustainable schools. He began his design career in the New York office of Marcel Breuer which honed his modernist aesthetic, eventually joining his classmate at Rhone Iredale in Vancouver, B.C. before opening The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, in 1977.

During his 46 year career, Hull had a significant impact on the architecture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, receiving numerous awards and honors. Among the most prominent, his design guidance contributed to the firm’s receiving the 2003 AIA National Firm Award for sustained design excellence. He and David Miller received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and jointly earned the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2010.

Hull was regarded for his natural ability to grasp the essence of a project and translate it into an inspired physical manifestation of client values. His design approach was that of an artist with an amazing eye for composition. His buildings fit amazingly well in their setting—urban or rural—and were extremely comfortable to occupy, but most of all, they were beautiful. Along with numerous residences throughout the San Juan Islands, many notable regional design credits include The Open Window, Epiphany, Bertschi and Bush Schools in Seattle, Conibear Shellhouse at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University Science Building and University Center for Performing Arts, Discovery Park Visitors Center and the iconic Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. In Oregon, his work includes the Tillamook Forest Center and Yaquina Interpretive Center on the Oregon Coast. He also led the design of numerous waterfront developments in San Diego, California including The Wharf and Pier 32 marinas.

Hull recently returned to Herat and Mazar e Sharif Afghanistan, where he was leading the design of both a health clinic and girl’s school respectively, in communities where he had served in the Peace Corps 40+ years ago.

Always generous and gracious with his knowledge and time, throughout the years Hull was an inspiration, mentor and role model to numerous design staff at Miller Hull, the architectural community, and students. Those who have benefited from the power of his inspirational work are legion. And among his many talents, he was gifted in the art of beautiful hand drawn design concepts.

At ease in the public forum, he was a respected and sought after speaker, and he participated in numerous regional and national design juries, including the national AIA Honor Awards. He is a former president of the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Hull is survived by his wife and two sons.

A family funeral service was held in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Details of a public celebration in Seattle of Robert Hull’s life in will be announced when confirmed.

In Passing: Dana S. Marek Retired Architect AIBC (1942 – 2014)

Dana S. Marek Retired Architect AIBC, passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 72. Dana graduated with a Masters Degree from the School of Architecture, Politechnika Warszawska in Warsaw, Poland in 1967. Wife to Emil Marek, Retired Architect AIBC, her school colleague, and Mother of son Michael, she started her architectural journey in Warsaw, Poland, then in Benghazi and Tripolis, Libya  then in Vancouver, BC, then in Seattle, Washington and finally retired in Vancouver. Most of time she worked together with  Emil. She had to excel her professional knowledge throughout her life time to meet challenges in those four countries. She emigrated to Canada in 1982 and in 1989 she graduated again with the MASA Degree (Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture) from the UBC. In Vancouver she was Co-Owner of Emil Marek Architect Inc.; the architectural practice with a primary focus on the Seniors projects. Diagnosed with cancer in February 2013 she passed away on January 11, 2014.

In Passing: Ronald Waterfield

Ronald Waterfield, a former member of the AIBC, passed away on March 1, 2013.  He was 83 years old.  Both him, and his wife Anthea, were born in Plymouth, Devon.  Ronald trained as an architect and enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF).  He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in IX Squadron on Canberras during his time with the RAF.  After his active service, he resumed his career as an architect.  In 1965, he and his family emigrated to Victoria.  He practiced in British Columbia for over 40 years. He is survived by his children, Karen, Nicholas and Beverley.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation to St. Margaret’s School (The Anthea Waterfield Award) or the BC Aviation Museum.

Sanford Hirshen

Sanford “Sandy” Hirshen, a former member and Retired Honorary Member, passed away on October 2, 2013. He was 78. Sandy was born in New York where he gained his architectural education at Columbia University. In 1964 he moved to Berkeley, California to work and teach. While at UC Berkeley, he built a reputation for his commitment to socially-responsible architecture, which earned him fellowships from both Gugggenheim and the American Institute of Architecture. In 1990, Sandy moved to Vancouver to serve as director of the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. He joined the AIBC in 1991, and in 1999 was made an honorary member of the institute. Sandy eight years as the UBC School of Architecture appointee to AIBC Council before retiring from his UBC position in 2000. From there he became an associate at Henriquez Partners Architects. In 2009 he returned to the Bay area. He was a fellow of both the Royal Canadian Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects, and held the title of Professor Emeritus of Architecture at University of California Berkeley. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vivian, and children Richard and Julie. A memorial is being planned for later this fall. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Sandy’s honour are encouraged to do so towards the Sandy Hirshen Prize through the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

In Passing: Herwig Pimiskern

Herwig (Vic) Pimiskern Architect AIBC passed away on June 2, 2013 at the age of 71. Herwig was born in Zagreb, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia). His family immigrated to British Columbia in 1957. He attended the University of Toronto and then the University of British Columbia where he graduated from the School of Architecture with honors in 1967. He first registered with the AIBC in 1970. His subsequent career included working for Bing G. Marr Architect in addition to his own practice. He is survived by his partner Farideh and sons Konrad, Frank and Mark. An interment will be held at the District of North Vancouver Cemetery on June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Vic’s name may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

In Passing: Frank Tofin

Retired Architect Frank Peter Tofin passed away on December 27, 2012 at the age of 92.  Born in the North Bend, British Columba in 1920, Frank inherited a passion for design and construction from his father, a builder for the railroad. With the approach of World War II, he enlisted in the armed service where his natural skills as a mechanical draftsman were put to use as a project engineer and, eventually, architectural draftsman. He also served as an instructor for the School of Military Engineering.  Upon leaving the service in 1946, Frank found work with architectural firms in Winnipeg and, later, Kamloops. In 1952, he joined Vancouver’s McCarter Nairne and Partners as an architectural draftsman and specifications writer. In 1958, he moved to W.R. Ussner Architect before being hired by Thompson Berwick & Pratt Architects in 1959. It was with this background that Frank sought professional membership with the AIBC through alternative qualifications. He was made a member of the institute in 1960. In the years that followed, he contributed to the architectural fabric of Vancouver and, especially, Richmond. He received his RAIC Certification in 1978, and took on Retired Architect status in 1994. In addition to his career, Frank was also passionate about golf, bridge, and the restoration of violins. Predeceased by his wife Rose, he is survived by his daughters Arlene, Carole, Janet and Debbie. A Celebration of his life for family and friends will take place on July 20.

In Passing: Clyde Rowett

Retired architect Clyde Rowett passed away on January 1, 2013 at the age of 82. Clyde was born in Regina, raised in Winnipeg, went to school in Red Deer, and pursued his interest in architecture through post-secondary studies at the University of British Columbia. After graduating with his architecture degree in 1955, he was hired by R. William Wilding Architects. Later employers include Watkins & Massey, Thompson Berwick & Pratt, and Reno C. Negrin Architects where he spent most of his career. Clyde joined the AIBC 1960, opting for  Associate Member status in 1999 before retiring in 2006. His other artistic pursuits included live theatre; he regularly performed in Theatre Under The Stars as well as other local productions. Clyde is survived by his partner Sid Jenner. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 8, 2013 at Brock House, 3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Clyde’s name are encouraged to do so to the BC Cancer Foundation of charity of one’s choice.

In Passing: Kiyoshi Matsuzaki

Retired Architect Kiyoshi Matsuzaki passed away on December 23. 2012 at the age of 69. Born in Shanghai, China in 1943, he grew up in Tokyo, Japan before moving to the United States at age 18 in order to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He graduated with his degree in Architecture in 1967, and shortly thereafter began work with the acclaimed firm of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Asociates (KRJDA) in Hamden, Connecticut. It was there that he met fellow architect Eva Pupols, who was to become his wife and lifelong business partner. The couple moved to Vancouver in 1972, and Kiyoshi became a member of the AIBC in 1974, at which time he also joined the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. After a brief stint with McCarter Nairne and Partners, Kiyoshi and Eva spent 14 years with Arthur Erickson Architects. In 1987, the couple partnered with Jim Wright to form Matsuzaki Wright Architects. In 1998, they established their own firm: Matsuzaki Architects Inc. Kiyoshi was associated with several award-winning projects throughout his career, most notably the University of British Columbia’s C.K. Choi Building, which earned the Lieutenant Governor Innovation Award of Excellence in 1998 in setting new standard for green design. He was also very active as a volunteer and advocate for his profession. This included two terms on AIBC Council (1997-2001) as well as several years as part of the institute’s Annual Conference Committee where he was instrumental in sponsorship success. He sat on both the AIBC Design Panel Committee and the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, and contributed as a Syllabus Program Mentor and a UBC  Thesis Design Mentor. Kiyoshi also served as Vice-President of the Export Council of Canadian Architecture. He was elected to RAIC Board of Directors In 2003 and was named RAIC President in 2007. In 2008, he gained honourary Life Member status with the AIBC, signifying 30 years of continuous membership. He retired in January of 2011. Kiyoshi is survived by his wife Eva (Matsuzaki, Architect AIBC), daughter Tessa and son Martin. A memorial will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the University Golf Clubhouse, 5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Kiyoshi’s name are invited to do so to the Callanish Society, a cancer support group. Friends and colleagues are also invited to contribute to a collection of memories by contacting

In Passing: Gregg Lutz

Gregg Vincent Lutz Architect AIBC passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 17 at the age of 69. Gregg grew up in the rural community of Valencia, Pennsylvania before attending the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture, graduating in 1968. It was there he met his wife Janet. In 1975, they settled in the Nass River Valley in Northern British Columbia. Gregg registered with the AIBC in 1976,  and in 1979 the couple moved to Terrace where they established Architecture North. In 1986, the family took up new residence in West Vancouver, renaming their firm Lutz Associates Architects. In 2008, the AIBC granted Gregg the honorary title of “Life Member of the AIBC”, recognizing 30 years of continuous membership. In addition to being a talented designer and craftsman, Gregg was an avid outdoorsman with a close connection to nature and the environment, having served as president of the Stanley Park Zoological Society from 1989 to 1991. Gregg is survived by his wife Janet Lutz Architect AIBC, and daughters Karen and Courtney. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society ( A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. at the West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Avenue.

In Passing: Glenn Urquhart

Glenn Urquhart Q.C. passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012 after a brief illness. He was 74. He was a co-founder of Singleton Urquhart, a leading Vancouver law firms and closely involved with the architectural profession. He also a founding member of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, and an Adjunct Professor in Construction Law at the University of British Columbia. Urquhart is survived by his wife Karen (Nordlinger) and sons Darren and Robert. A celebration of his life is planned (details to be announced). In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in his name are invited to do so to the Lung Cancer Research at B.C. Cancer Foundation, 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1.

In Passing: Kon Uyeyama

Retired architect Kanau “Kon” Uyeyama passed away on September 20, 2013 at the age of 79. Born in Kelowna, Kon graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1957. He then worked for Arthur Erickson Architect and H.N. Semmens Architect before spending three years in Japan under architect Junzo Yoshimura. Upon returning to Canada, Kon worked for the Vancouver firms of McCarter Nairne & Partners Architects and Engineers  and Underwood McKinley Cameron Wilson Smith Architects. In 1972, he established his own firm, Architectron. An award-winning designer, Kon was proud to have contributed to such notable projects as the Granville Street Bridge, Filberg House, Grauer’s Cabana, The Salvation Army’s “Homestead”, UBC’s Osborne Centre, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kon once chaired the AIBC’s Educational Facilities Design Committee, served on the City of Vancouver Design Panel, and was also a member of the Council for Educational Facilities Design Panel for Canada and the United States. First registered with the AIBC in 1964, in 2008 he was granted Life Member status with the institute, recognizing 30 years of continuous membership. He is survived by his wife Mary. Those wishing to make a donation in Kon’s name are invited to do so to the charity on one’s choice.

Rick Scobie: Celebration Event

A celebration event in memory of Frederick Arthur “Rick” Scobie, a long-time employee in the City of Vancouver Planning Department and well-known within the architectural community, will be held on November 29th at Seasons in the Park at Queen Elizabeth Park from 5:30 p.m. onward. It takes place in the “Garden Vista Room.”  Refreshments will be served.