In Memoriam: Eberhard Zeidler

TORONTO — Canadian architect Eberhard Zeidler, whose myriad designs are peppered across the country, has died.

His firm confirmed the news on Saturday.

Born in 1926, Zeidler designed such landmarks as Ontario Place and the Eaton Centre in Toronto and Canada Place in Vancouver.

In a statement posted to its website, Zeidler Architecture says he designed more than 1,000 buildings.

The statement says Zeidler conceived of the Eaton Centre as an “interior street” rather than merely a shopping mall.

“Eb approached his work with a strong technical ability combined with humanist sensibilities,” the statement reads. “His work balanced practical form while recognizing the emotional and aspirational needs of the people that occupied their spaces.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2022.

Zeidler’s autobiography, Buildings Cities Life was published in 2013, and Canadian Interiors had the pleasure of attending the launch party. Below is the segment by David Lasker that appeared in our Who’s Who department of the November-December 2013 issue.

“Please bring a strong arm to take away your complimentary book,” said the invitation to the book launch of Buildings Cities Life, the massive, heavy autobiography of Eberhard Zeidler, architect of Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Queen’s Quay, Vancouver’s BC Place and many another important building here and abroad. The event was a joyous reunion for friends of the Zeidler clan, taking place as it did in daughter Christina’s hip Gladstone Hotel.

Jane Zeidler, who as art consultant hung Michael’s Snow’s Flight Stop gaggle of Canada geese in her husband’s Eaton Centre Galleria; Jack Zeldan, husband of Jane’s late business partner, Sheila; Eb and friend. (Photo by David Lasker Photography)