Richard Henriquez

Richard Henriquez

Jamaican born, Richard was educated at the University of Manitoba and MIT. He is a major figure in Canadian architecture and his iconic buildings comprise a significant portion of the architectural legacy of both the Lower Mainland and the country at large. Richard is the Founding Principal of Henriquez Partners Architects, which is now led by his son Gregory Henriquez.

Working from an imaginative tradition as a sculptor and assembler of form, Richard transforms projects into highly symbolic works narrated through public ritual, myth and traces of memory — real or imagined. His profound visions for places and communities are evident in his projects, for which he has won awards such as the Gold Medal of the RAIC, Governor General’s Awards, Lieutenant Governor’s Awards and was inducted into the Order of Canada.

Richard Henriquez generously shares his vision of architecture through lectures that take him across North America and to Europe and South America. His designs and sculptures have been exhibited in many venues across Canada. He was an invited participant in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 1996 and the Canadian representative at the International Biennale in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Richard has also become one of Canada’s foremost crusaders for public architectural awareness. He has been the driving force behind the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, a platform for engaging citizens in conversations about urban development.

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