Fonds - Clifford Wiens fonds

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Clifford Wiens fonds

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  • 1953-1990 (Creation)

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43.32 m of textual records and other material

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(1926 -)

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Architect Clifford Wiens was born in Saskatchewan in 1926. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1954. In 1957 he became a registered architect in Saskatchewan, and set up practice in Regina under the firm name Clifford Wiens Architect Ltd. On September 5, 1970 the name of the firm was changed to Wiens and Associates Ltd. It became Wiens Johnstone Architects Ltd. from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 until 1995, he practiced as "Clifford Wiens Architect Ltd." Then moving to Vancouver he has continued to practice as "Clifford Wiens Architect". In 2010 he was given life membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Architects.

As an architect, Wiens created numerous public, private, residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and projects throughout Saskatchewan, including schools, houses, apartments, stores, campsites and picnic shelters, motels, churches, and heritage restoration projects. His work has earned several awards such as three Massey Awards Silver Medals in 1967 and 1970, two National Design Council of Canada Awards in 1967, and a City of Regina Heritage Award in 1983. In 2011 he received the award of the century for the design of the Heating and Cooling Plant at the University of Regina, known as the PRIX du XXe Siecle Award.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and formerly a registered architect in the United Kingdom (1975).

He taught architecture and design as a visiting professor at the University of Manitoba (1968), the University of Calgary (1977), and the University of British Columbia (1985), the University of Arizona (1990) and the Arizona State University (1995). He has also lectured at the University of Saskatchewan (1966-1967), and North Dakota State University (1970).

He has served on juries for various architectural competitions, and his work has been widely published in architectural journals and reference books. He was active in local and national professional organizations, serving the Saskatchewan Association of Architects as president (1970) and council member (1967-1973), the Regina Chapter of Architects as president and past president (1960-1969), and the Canada Department of Public Works as a member of the Advisory Committee on Art for Public Buildings, 1974-1981.

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Fonds consists of personal, professional, and business records generated by Saskatchewan architect Clifford Wiens, 1953-1990. Although arrangement and processing are not complete, the records are found in three series: Personal, General Office Files, and Project Files. The Personal series contains biographical information, financial records, health records, insurance files, publications by and about Clifford Wiens, speeches, presentations, interviews, and files relating to exhibitions and shows. Contained in the General Office Files series are the administrative records of Wiens' architectural firm relating to financial matters, personnel, equipment and supplies, competitions, conferences, travel, insurance, maintenance, property, public relations, communications, and correspondence with professional associations, government agencies, boards and committees, juries, and businesses. The financial records are extensive, dating from 1958-1982 and including financial statements, expense reports, corporate tax returns, appointment books, ledgers, auditors' reports, accounts, and routine bookkeeping documents. By far the most voluminous series is the Project Files which comprise approximately 32 meters of textual records and 5,200 drawings and plans relating to all phases of conception, design, tendering, and construction of Wien's work from 1958-1990. The projects range from small repairs, renovations, and additions, to heritage restorations, to large public buildings and commercial complexes, and include schools, churches, office buildings, stores, warehouses, picnic shelters and campsites, monuments, markers, and roadside signs, houses and apartments, hotels and motels. Proposals for projects that were never built have also been retained. Arranged chronologically by project number, the files contain feasibility studies, requirements, proposals, contracts, tenders, change orders and change memos, test reports, drawings and plans, presentation boards, revisions, approvals, meeting minutes and notes, specifications, quotations and cost estimates, progress reports and invoices, transmittal forms, furniture lists, schedules, inspection reports, shop drawings, photographs, models, colour schemes, recommendations and observations, interior designs, consultants' reports, field instructions, correspondence with clients and contractors, and other documents.

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Access only with written permission of Clifford Wiens.

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Preliminary inventory available for 87-92

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Includes 5,200 architectural drawings, 100 photographs, ca. 120 presentation panels, and 19 slides


Oversize architectural plans have been removed from the project files and stored separately in map cabinets.

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Included seven architectural models.

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