Patricia Patkau

Altered Trajectories

The 24th Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture

Increasingly our interests as an office lie along a certain trajectory:
-in the work of constructing symbiotic relationships between things
-in the material built manifestations of those relationships
-in the resulting constructed material presence of that exchange
-and, in the complexities of execution that are engaged in the process

- related images attached:
Skating Shelters, Winnipeg, Manitoba
OLA Church project, Vancouver, BC
Daegu Gosan Library competition, Soeul, Korea

Patricia Patkau

Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia; Co-founder, Patkau Architects

Patricia Patkau, in conjunction with her partner John Patkau, founded Patkau Architects in 1979. Her contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Throughout her career Patricia has been committed to both teaching and practice. She is currently Professor Emerita at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. In addition to practice and faculty based teaching, she has lectured, taught and been a guest critic at universities and institutions in Canada, the United States and around the world.

In March 2009, Patricia was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Gold medal for exemplary commitment to architectural education and the practice of architecture.

Patkau Architects has received significant national and international awards, including thirteen Governor General’s Medals, four Progressive Architecture Awards, sixteen Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, and an RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award of Excellence, three AIA Honor Awards and, this year, an American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award.

The work of the office has been published and exhibited widely. Numerous articles in books and professional journals and three books dedicated exclusively to the firm’s work have been published. The work has also been represented in exhibitions around the world, including 20 solo exhibitions, in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 1996, Patkau Architects represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.

In over 25 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, Patkau Architects has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients. Projects vary in scale from gallery installations to urban planning. Projects types include private residences, libraries, art galleries, schools, and university buildings. All projects are concerned with the intricacies of local cultures, the specificities of places and the material imaginations of construction.