Arnott, Gordon Ryan, 1926-1996

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Gordon Ryan Arnott was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 1 August 1926. He attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and the University of Manitoba where he achieved a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1948, and was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal. He also held a post-graduate fellowship in community and regional planning from Central Mortgage and Housing at the University of British Columbia from 1951-1952.

Arnott's career began with work in Winnipeg (Green Blankstein and Russell), Calgary (Rule Wynn and Rule, and a year in private practice), and in Vancouver as Townsite Planning and Liason Architect for the Kitimat project with the Alcan Aluminum Company of Canada (1951-1953). He then moved to Regina and entered partnership with Kiyo Izumi in 1954. His association with numerous architects, engineers, interior designers, and planners has resulted in the establishment of various firms in his career: Izumi, Arnott, Sugiyama 1954-1968; Gordon R. Arnott & Associaites, 1968-1974; Arnott MAcPhail Johnstone & Associates, 1974-1981; Arnott MacPhail Associates, 1981-1988; and Arnott Kelly O'Connor Associates, 1988-1995. In the autumn of 1995, the firm became Arnott Associates Architect Ltd. Following the death of Gordon Arnott on 7 May 1996, the firm was dissolved and the offices at 2275 Albert Street in Regina closed.

When Izumi, Arnott and Sugiyama formed a partnership in the mid-1950s, the firm was one of the first in the province to have a structural engineer as a principal. As the work of the firm developed, its experience and expertise in designing institutional, public, and commercial buildings became widely known. Throughout Arnott's career, he and his firms(s) have been the recipient of numerous awards: the Massey Medal Honourable Mention, 1958; Vincent Massey Award of Excellence in Urban Environment for the Midtown Plaza project in Saskatoon, 1971; Queen's Jubilee Medal, 1977; the Saskatchewan Association of Architects Design Award, 1979, and the Canadian Consulting Engineering Design Award, 1981 for the T.C. Douglas Building, Wascana Centre, Regina; The Premier's Award, Award of Merit in Community Planning for the Transitional Area Concept Study, Regina, 1986; the Saskatchewan Association of Architects Award of Excellence for the Saskatchewan Science Centre; and the City of Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Award, Infill Category, for the Midtown Plaza Expansion, 1991.

Arnott was very active in numerous professional associations including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (President 1970-1971); Saskatchewan Association of Architects (President 1961); Canadian Institute of Planners; National Design Council of Canada (1973-1979); Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows (Dean, 1987-1989); Advisory Design Committee, National Capital Commission (Vice-Chairman, 1990). He was also an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and an Honorary Member of the Mexican Society of Architects. Arnott served as President of the Assiniboia Club, Regina (1977 1978), and as Director of the Regina Exhibition Association (1982), and sat on the Canadian Executive Service Organization Board, and the Wascana Centre Authority Heritage Property Advisory Committee.

Arnott wrote numerous reports and articles related to architecture and planning, and has delivered speeches and lectures to professional conferences, conventions, and universities. His activities in the architectural field have gained him national and international recognition. His legacy continues through the Gordon R. Arnott Memorial Bursary at the University of Regina.

The activities of Arnott and his firm(s) within Saskatchewan have been extensive since 1954. Major projects include Midtown Plaza, Saskatoon; T.C. Douglas Building, Regina; Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina campuses; Cornwall Centre, Regina; Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, Regina; Air Terminal Building, Regina; Saskatchewan Pavillion, Vancouver, Exp '86; Saskatchewan Science Centre, 1989; Midtown Plaza Expansion, Saskatoon, 1990; and Casino Regina, 1995. Internationally, Arnott provided architectural consulting services for the Kenya Technical Teacher's College, and the United Nations Environmental Programme Headquarters building in Nairobi, and worked with the Canadian International Development Agency.


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Arnott Kelly O'Connor Associates, 1988-1995 (1988-1995)

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Izumi Amott and Sugiyama (Firm) (1954-1968)

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2008-03-31 (Creation).
2012-03-06 (Approval)
2017-11-29 (Modification)


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