January 11, 2013
Canadian architect Kiyoshi Matsuzaki passes away after fight with cancer
He was born in 1943 in Shanghai, China to Susumu and Kiyoko (Izumi) Matsuzaki, both originally from Steveston, BC. After the war in 1945 the family settled in Tokyo where Kiyoshi and his brother Kazuo were raised.
At age 18 Kiyoshi moved to the United States to study architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation he worked at Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Assoc. (formerly Eero Saarinen Architects) in Hamden, Conn. There at the coffee machine he met fellow architect Eva Pupols whom he married in 1970.
Two years later they moved to Vancouver where he worked for Arthur Erickson Architects for 14 years, and then was a partner in Matsuzaki Wright Architects and Matsuzaki Architects.
Throughout his professional career Kiyoshi was an active volunteer on many committees, panels, and boards. He was a strong advocate for involving the younger generation, for diversity, and for increased volunteerism. Even after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010, he continued his efforts, especially for distance education and other national issues at Architecture Canada.
A memorial gathering of family, friends and colleagues will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at University Golf Clubhouse, 5185 University Blvd., Vancouver.
Kiyoshi is survived by his wife Eva, daughter Tessa, son Martin (Katie), and many relatives in B.C. and in Japan. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Kiyoshi’s memory made to Callanish Society, a cancer support group, www.callanish.org would be much appreciated.
His family is collecting memories of Kiyoshi and invite family, friends, and colleagues alike to contribute. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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