Geographically specific but I think these are two excellent books on Canadian architecture - both published this year
The Architecture of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
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Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, founded in 1987 in Toronto, has risen to become one of the most prominent architectural offices in Canada, where they have realised numerous projects including the Kitchener City Hall (1990), Queen's University Library in Kingston, Canada (1992-1995) and the Hilton Hotel Toronto (2000). In addition, they have built up a reputation in the fields of interior and retail design, and the creation of upmarket single-family furnished housing. In Europe KPMB have made their mark with Zurich airport's Star Alliance Lounge and the new Canadian embassy in Berlin, scheduled for completion towards the end of 2004. This monograph presents 20 of their recent and current projects.
This is a beautifully presented monograph in a large fully colour format. Each project is presented in detail with lots of illustrations. There are a couple of essays and a very interesting interview with the four principals on their architecture, their influences and their office dynamic.
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Building The West
The early architects of British Columbia
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Building the West tells the stories, discovers the hopes and aspirations, and celebrates the successes and accomplishments of the early architects of British Columbia, as it illustrates their lives and careers. Starting before the first flood of immigration during the 1858 Gold Rush, it follows the lives of almost 400 individuals first drawn here by the opportunities of frontier settlement, and the establishment and maturation of their profession over time. It is intended for a general readership, and is of wide interest as a definative biographical and reference source. Building the West constitutes a legacy of over a century of built landscape in British Columbia.
This is a really excellent body of work and a must have for anyone interested in the architecture of British Columbia or the western provinces of Canada. Each biographical entry details the architect or practice's background and important buildings. A book for dipping in and out of. Beautifully presented in two colours throughout, it includes several full-colour reproductions of original and historically vital architectural renderings. It is richly illustrated with over 600 photographs of these architects' most important works, as well as portraits and family images, of which well over half come from never before seen private collections.