John C. Parkin, Archives and Photography:
Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture
Linda Fraser, Michael McMordie, Geoffrey Simmins
University of Calgary Press
$49.95 CAD / $59.95 USD
176 pages; Illustrations (71 b&w photos) notes, bibliography, index
About the Book
Architectural practice in post-World War II Canada brought substantial change to the face of the Canadian built environment, led by the contribution of John C. Parkin. As senior partner at the Toronto-based architectural firm John B. Parkin Associates (no relation) from 1947 to the 1970s, Parkin oversaw the creation of a large number of modernist projects, including hospitals, airports, schools, shopping malls, and factories, and received national recognition for his contributions.
This richly illustrated book includes an interview with John C. Parkin and essays that examine the incorporation of art in built architecture, the influence of architectural photography in defining Modern architecture to a Canadian public, the importance of architectural archives, and the corporate structure of a large, highly successful Canadian architectural firm.
About the Author
Linda Fraser is the Archivist and Chief Curator of the Canadian Architectural Archives. Michael McMordie is a Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. He has written numerous articles on architecture and environmental design. Geoffrey Simmins has published numerous articles and books on Canadian architecture as well as curating exhibitions and writing video scripts.