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Riga, Latvia, 1944
Biography synopsis
Eva Matsuzaki received her B.Architecture from Cornell University, one of two women in a group of forty in her 1966 graduating class. Her professional experience with leading design firms included: office of Eero Saarinen and Associates/Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates in Connecticut (1966-72); later in Vancouver she was employed at McCarter Nairne (1972-74) and subsequently Arthur Erickson Architects (1974-1984). She was the founding principal of Matsuzaki Wright Architects (1984-98) and later founded Matsuzaki Architects (1998). In early projects she was design architect for the Courthouse Complex at Robson Square and was associate in charge of transforming the old Vancouver Court House into the Vancouver Art Gallery. Considered a leader in green architectural design Matsuzaki's award winning buildings include: Les Terraces Condo Tower in Vancouver (1990), recipient of the Award of Excellence from both Canadian Architect Magazine and the Architectural Institute of B.C.; C.K. Choi Institute, University of B.C.(1993-96), a benchmark in sustainable design and winner of several international design awards including International Resource Awards 'Best Building', Architectural Institute of B.C. Innovation Excellence Award, Earth Day Top Ten Award, American Institute of Architects; Fraser Valley Credit Union Headquarters, awarded the B.C. Hydro Power Smart Award of Excellence. Matsuzaki served as Chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel (1985-86) and as Canadian Certification Board President (1996-97). Founding member of Women in Architecture Vancouver (1990) she was also the first woman elected as President of RAIC (1998-99). Additional acknowledgements include Architectural Institute of B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Medal in Architecture (1992) and Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction (2000). (I. Puchalski)
Media used
Cornell University, 1961 - 1966
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honorary Fellow 1998
Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), Honorary Member 2011
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Fellow 1992, President 1998-1999
Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society
File & Archive locations
Canadian Centre for Architecture, QC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Virginia Tech, VA - International Archive of Women in Architecture

Writings about
"3 Architectural Firms Win Excellence Awards." Vancouver Sun 4 Jan 1990: A16
"An Ancient, Selfish, Wonderful Solution to City Heat." Kingston Whig-Standard 22 July 2002: 5
"Award of Excellence: Les Terraces, West Vancouver." Canadian Architect 34.12 (Dec. 1989): 31-33
"Eva Matsuzaki, Principal, Matsuzaki Architects Inc [Top Women in Construction]." Journal of Commerce (Vancouver) 24 (28 March 2005): 3
"Green Buildings 3: Swooping for Air." Canadian Architect 41.7 (July 1996): 17
"Kudos." Vancouver Sun 20 April 1992: D10
"News: In Brief: Distinction for Matsuzaki." Canadian Architect 45.7 (July 2000): 9
"News: In Brief: First Female President for RAIC." Canadian Architect 43.8 (Aug. 1998): 27
"Salish Artist Among Women of Distinction." Vancouver Sun 26 May 2000: A2
"[President Named]." Azure 14.119 (Sept/Oct 1998): 36
Adams, Annmarie. "Gender Issues: Designing Women." Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America. Ed. Joan Ockman, and Rebecca Williamson. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2012
Barling, Ann. "Condos with a Private-Home Feeling, Now Grace the West Van Shoreline." Vancouver Sun 7 June 1991: E8
Berelowitz, Lance. "High-Rise Anxiety in Vancouver." Canadian Architect 37.1(Jan. 1992): 9-13
Bramham, Daphne. "Green Skyline Can Keep a City Cool: Rooftop Gardens Make Ecological - and Beautiful - Sense." Vancouver Sun 13 Aug. 2002: B5
Bramham, Daphne. “Hanging Gardens a Solution to Sweltering Cities." Daily Townsman (Cranbrook, B.C.) 17 July 2002: 4
Coppin, Rhiannon. "When Flush Comes to Shove.” Vancouver Courier 6 July 2005: 1
Davis, Chuck. "Our First Century: To Mark Our Centennial, The Province is Looking Back at the Past Century. Here's What was Making News on this Day Throughout Our First 100 Years." The Province (Vancouver) 15 Oct. 1998: A8
Drohan, Joyce. "Women’s Work." Canadian Architect 38.11(Nov. 1993): 24-25
Godley, Elizabeth. "Japanese Get Real B.C. from Architects." Vancouver Sun 18 May 1990: A2
Kalman, Harold. "The True North." A History of Canadian Architecture. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1994. 703-704
Lekich, John. "Touching the Earth Lightly." Scarlett 2.2 (April/May 2004): 35-41
Mays, John Bentley. "Pictures Will Replace the Wanted Posters." Globe & Mail 26 July 1980: E11
McKay, Sherry. "Eva Matsuzaki." Canadian Encyclopedia 2013
Swanson, Judy. "Female Architect Elected to Top Post: Eva Matsuzaki is First Woman to Lead Architectural Body." The Province (Vancouver) 17 July 1998: A17
Swanson, Judy. "Vancouver Architect Brings Woman's Perspective to Post." Ottawa Citizen 18 July 1998: D6
Swanson, Judy. "Woman Architects Still Hit Glass Ceiling." Gazette (Montreal) 20 July 1998: E5
Weder, Adele. "Architects Want Ottawa to Overhaul Selection Process: Sparked by Berlin Embassy." National Post 23 April 1999: B13

Writings by
Matsuzaki, Eva. “Commentary on Women in Architecture.” Raven Papers: Remembering Natalie Luckyj (1945-2002). Ed. Angela Carr. Manotick, Ont.: Penumbra Press, 2010. 89-90
Matsuzaki, Eva. Foreward. For the Record: the First Women in Canadian Architecture Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2008. 8-9
Matsuzaki, Eva and Patricia Gibbs, eds. Consultations & Roundtables on Women in Architecture in Canada Ottawa: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 2003
Oberlander,Cornelia Hahn, Eva Matsuzaki & Elizabeth Whitelaw. Introductory Manual for Greening Roofs Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2002

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