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Ontario Association of Architects honours Eberhard Zeidler

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by Patricia Williams

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) will present its inaugural lifetime design achievement award to Eberhard Zeidler, founding partner in the Zeidler Partnership Architects (ZPA). His credits include the Toronto Eaton Centre, Ontario Place and Queen’s Quay Terminal in Toronto.
Ontario Association of Architects honours Eberhard Zeidler

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) will present its inaugural lifetime design achievement award to veteran Toronto architect Eberhard Zeidler.

Zeidler, founding partner in the Zeidler Partnership Architects (ZPA), has more than 50 years of experience on projects of almost every building type.

His credits include the Toronto Eaton Centre, Ontario Place and Queen’s Quay Terminal in Toronto, Canada Place in Vancouver and the McMaster University Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton.

“Architecture is building and it embraces our whole life, not only through its beauty but also through function, economy, humanity — everything that affects us,” he said. “I am honoured to be part of this task.”

Born in Germany in 1926, Zeidler trained at the Bauhaus. He graduated from the Universitat Fridericiana in Karlsruhe in 1949 and emigrated to Canada two years later.

Zeidler subsequently worked in partnership with various architects prior to the establishment of ZPA in 2003. He ceased to play an active role in the firm in 2008.

The firm now is led by three senior partners — Tarek El-Khatib, Alan Munn and Vaidila Banelis.

For a 15-year period, from 1984 to 1999, Zeidler was an adjunct professor for architectural design at the University of Toronto. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities around the world and served on a number of architectural juries.

In 2009, Zeidler received the lifetime achievement award from the American College of Healthcare Architects.

The award is given in recognition of a body of work of lasting influence on the healthcare architecture.

Zeidler is the author of two books, Healing the Hospital, on the planning of the McMaster University Health Sciences Centre and Multi-Use Architecture in the Urban Context, published in several languages.

Zeidler is also the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, an officer of the Order of Canada and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The OAA award celebrates the outstanding contribution of architects whose body of work reflects a lasting legacy.

It will be presented May 20 at a celebration of excellence during the association’s annual conference.

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