Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Architectural Institute of British Columbia

1914 - current


The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) was founded in 1914. Many of the architects of B.C. were also artists, including R.P.S. Twizell (AIBC membership number 4), George Lister Thornton Sharp (membership number 51), Samuel Maclure (membership number 61), and Ross Lort (membership number 68).

The Institute and its members were also important to the artists of Vancouver, as they were responsible for hundreds of commissions for designs and ornamentation of buildings in Vancouver.

For a number of year the AIBC provided a scholarship for students at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. Winners included Ione Macdonald in 1930.

In 1949 the Institute held a large exhibition of work of Institute members, noted as "114 varied works", at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In recent years the AIBC has had their own art gallery in their offices at 100 - 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, where they show work of their members and others in exhibitions of art, photography, and architectural related displays.


1949 Jan. 25 - Feb. 13 Vancouver Art Gallery    Group Show


Additional information provided courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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