Fonds F-48 - Zoltan Kiss fonds

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Zoltan Kiss fonds

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  • Architectural drawings
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  • [196-] - 1981 (Creation)
    Kiss, Zoltan

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7.5 cm of architectural plans and drawings

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Zoltan S. Kiss is one of the contributors to the architecture of Simon Fraser University. He was responsible for designing and building the Academic Quadrangle according to design specifications outlined by Erickson and Massey, the architects responsible for the overall design of the university. Kiss built the Academic Quadrangle in two phases, starting the first phase in 1964 and finishing the second phase in 1967.

Zoltan S. Kiss was born in Menfocsanak, Hungary in 1924. He studied at the Technical University of Hungary in Budapest during the war, and then went to Denmark to continue his studies. He later moved to Canada and attended the University of British Columbia where he completed a degree in architecture in 1951. Kiss worked for Thompson Berwick Pratt from 1953 to 1962. In 1963 Kiss submitted an entry to the contest to design the new university that would be built on top of Burnaby Mountain. His design finished in third place. According to contest parameters, the top five winners would each be given a contract to build a section of the campus according to the winner's overall design. Kiss chose the Academic Quadrangle, and incorporated his own ideas and innovations with Erickson and Massey's concept. Kiss, upon winning third place in the competition, started his own practice. His other contributions to the architecture of Simon Fraser University include the President's house, student residences, and the pub.

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Fonds consists of Zoltan Kiss's architectural drawings and plans for the Academic Quadrangle and student residences at Simon Fraser University.

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Ron Dies of the firm, Zoltan S. Kiss Architecture, donated the mounted architectural drawings to the SFU Archives in 2000. In 2006 Mr. Dies donated a second set of architectural plans to the Archives.


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      For other material relating to the construction and architectural design of SFU see F-47 W. Randle Iredale fonds, F-46 Robert F. Harrison fonds, F-65 Patrick McTaggart-Cowan fonds, and F-11 Facilities Management fonds.


      All accessions have been processed as of July 2006. No further accruals are expected.

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      Finding aid prepared by Lisa Beitel (July 2006).

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