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THE LIFE AND WORK OF A REMARKABLE
OKANAGAN ARCHITECTURAL FAMILY
» Thursday 8 January 2009 | 5 pm
» The Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue
An informal afternoon hour showcasing people and ideas featured in Okanagan HOME. Join brothers Jim and Cal Meiklejohn as they take us on a visual tour of their celebrated architectural designs that dot the landscape, and explore the notion of a distinct Okanagan vernacular.
» This is a free event. Refreshments will be available at a modest cost.
» Seating is limited, please reserve yours HERE
Showcasing Decades of Architectural Work
One of the truths about establishing an architectural vernacular, is that it doesn't happen overnight. A true vernacular takes generations to evolve, and there are now signs that the Okanagan is coming into its own. For the last 60 years, the Meiklejohn family has been making its mark on the landscape here - from the south in Osoyoos to as far north as Sicamous and Revelstoke.
What started out as largely as a business designed to artfully address the need for institutional buildings at the dawn of the first Okanagan boom of the 1950s, has evolved into a second generation of architects designing buildings and homes that reflect the distinctive Okanagan environment, and the highest traditions of the architectural practice.
The outstanding Cannery Lofts, the Cardington Apartments, the MODE, and the soon-to-be built Caban development in Kelowna all bear the signature Meiklejohn style, as do the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre and the stunning tourism bureau in Osoyoos.
On Thursday, January 8 at 5 pm the ongoing weekly Okanagan Institute Express series at the Bohemian Café hosts Meiklejohn: Heritage & Vison with brothers Jim and Cal Meiklejohn as they take us on a visual tour of their designs that dot the Okanagan landscape.
What you'll see is an evolution of Okanagan form and function. You'll learn about what architects do - how their art comes from working with the conditions presented to them - from the budget to the local topography. You'll get to see early renderings, and how those images evolved into their final form.
As the Okanagan increasingly becomes a beacon for newcomers, it is our architecture that will define who we are to future generations. The Meiklejohns will demonstrate that beauty doesn't have to come at a high price, and that we ignore architecture at our own civic peril.
Cal Meiklejohn obtained his bachelor of architecture from UBC, following a Bachelor of environmental studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Jim Meiklejohn obtained his bachelor of architecture from Washington State University. The two took over their parents' practice in Penticton in 1992 and have since established offices in Kelowna as well. Today, Meiklejohn Architects is one of the top architectural firms in the region with more than $200-million in projects, from Surrey to Prince George, currently undergoing design.
Meiklejohn: Heritage & Vison is a free event, and takes place at the Bohemian Café. This marks the 72nd event the Okanagan Institute has held since the Express series got underway in July 2007. Since that time, the series has played host to many Okanagan luminaries, including former deputy secretary general of Amnesty International Derek Evans, artists Lee Claremont and Gary Pearson, BC Book Award nominee Don Gayton, CBC Literary prize winner poet Harold Rhenisch, distinguished editor and author Jim Taylor, poet and professor John Lent, animator and filmmaker Jim Cliffe, broadcaster Marion Barschel and others from a wide range of creative fields.
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Where Enquiring Minds Gather. Okanagan Institute at the Bohemian Café A hearty feast of lectures, presentations, workshops and showcases celebrating our culture and community. Produced by the Okanagan Institute in association with Wheat King Publishing magazines: Okanagan Arts and Okanagan Home. Express is sponsored in part by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Wood Lake Publishing, UBCO-FCCS, and in support of Project Literacy Kelowna.
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