In memoriam: Robert (Bob) Ledingham

It is with extreme sadness that we mark the passing of Robert (Bob) Ledingham. As one of Canada’s top interior designers his contribution to the Canadian design profession was immeasurable. Bob was a visionary, a leader in the true sense of the word, and a consummate gentleman. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of design talent, and will not be forgotten. The design community at large has suffered a terrible loss, and he will be deeply missed.

In February 2011, Bob was honoured at the very first annual IDC/IIDA Vancouver Leaders Breakfast. He received the 2011 Leadership Award of Excellence.


Robert Ledingham, BID, LLB, RID, FIIDA, FIDC, president of Ledingham Design Consultants, Vancouver, was one of Canada’s most celebrated interior designers. He has been widely recognized by his peers and the design community, locally, nationally and internationally throughout his distinguished career, being the recipient of numerous accolades and more than 30 awards for his designs. His work, which has been described as “brilliant” and “timeless,” has appeared in numerous publications.

Bob was a Fellow and past president of Interior Designers of Canada. In the 1990s, he contributed to the development of the interior design professional accreditation process, which reviews university programs for the purpose of determining if they meet professional standards. In 2004, he became the second inductee into Western Living magazine’s Hall of Fame. Bob has received several City of Vancouver Heritage Awards for his contribution to heritage design.

In 2006, Bob was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba. The citation states, “Bob provides a model of leadership in the field of interior design that is inspirational to our graduates.”

Bob was consistently involved with the arts community and charitable institutions, as a board member and benefactor. Colleagues have praised him as a consistent, committed supporter and a voice of reason for the interior design profession and respective business communities.