Civic activist, architect Joe Wai helped shape Vancouver
from Globe and Mail
In an age of blockbuster buildings and celebrity architects, Joe Wai was content to work quietly and let others bask in the limelight. Mr. Wai found it more satisfying to actually make a long-term impact — by consensus-building, designing affordable housing and preserving neighbourhood character. He died recently from complications of an aneurysm, at the age of 76, just two months after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.
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