Buildings Cities Life


The personal story and philosophy of one of the world’s most famous urban architects is vividly presented in words and pictures.

Discover the life, architecture, and philosophy of Eberhard Heinrich Zeidler, starting with his early life, his studies at the Bauhaus, and his reasons for leaving Germany. In his early days in Peterborough, Ontario, he became a partner of Blackwell and Craig and created homes, schools, hospitals, and the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

After moving to Toronto, Zeidler designed the McMaster Health Sciences Centre, which started a new direction in healthcare buildings and attracted thousands of visiting architects. Many hospitals of this type followed, and architects all over the world appropriated Zeidler’s philosophy. His design of the Eaton Centre succeeded in stimulating Toronto’s dying downtown, bringing new life to it.

Zeidler married Jane Abbott, lived on a farm, and had three children, two girls and one boy. A third daughter was born, and he renovated an old house in one of Toronto’s ravines to raise his family. Projects all over the world followed, including ones in England, Germany, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, West Palm Beach, Beijing, Shanghai, and Dubai.


It's the most ambitious autobiography anyone in this country has ever written.

National Post

... Spectacular ...

Toronto Star

…Zeidler’s vivid insights into professional practice and design value are fascinating. Zeidler brings the same even gaze to his written views that are evident in his carefully articulated freehand drawings, amply reproduced in both volumes

Canadian Architect

a delightful reading experience.

Peterborough Examiner

About the Author

Eberhard Zeidler

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Eberhard Zeidler

Eberhard Zeidler, one of the world's most renowned architects, moved to Canada from Germany in 1951. Zeidler, now partner emeritus of Zeidler Partnership Architects, was recently named Cambridge Who's Who Professional of the Year in Architecture and is the recipient of four honorary degrees. He continues to make a remarkable impact on North America's architectural history and lives in Toronto.