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STANLEY KING Dip.Arch (Leics), UK, M.Arch (UBC), MAIBC (Retired), MRAIC. member, Institute of Environmental Learning, SFU Founder President of the Co-Design Group Canadian architect With sadness, the family of Ernest Stanley King (Stan) announces that he died peacefully at home after a brief illness, at the age of 93, December 3, 2020. Stan was celebrated for his vibrancy, enthusiasm, generosity and inspiration. Founder and President of The Co-Design Group, Stan was an internationally recognized and published authority on public design participation, and a pioneer in developing methods of public dialogue for citizens of all ages. Stan worked with thousands of Canadians, from Haida Gwaii to Halifax, engaging communities and particularly youth, in participation to illustrate innovative designs for change and envision new infrastructure for the future, creating seminal urban design, including Robson Square, False Creek South Shore, Granville Island, Woodwards, Ambleside, Riverview, and most recently with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for Heather and Jericho Lands in Vancouver. His work is featured in the National Film Board's "Chairs for Lovers", NFB, 1972 and nationally on CBC and CTV. Stan's guidance and legacy will be continued by the Co-Design Group team. Stan is survived by his wife and partner of 67 years, Margaret, children Celia, Rachel and Alan, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, 2021.
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May 5, 2021
I was touched to have known and worked with the gentle, thoughtful and talented Stanley King on a couple projects, including one that was just nominated for an Urban Land Institute Award of Development Excellence (Grosvenor's Ambleside project in West Vancouver). He certainly lived a rich full life, touched thousands of people with his work and care, and shaped the places that many of us call home.
Michael Mortensen
April 20, 2021
I am at my home in San Francisco, CA USA and am remembering the teachers that taught me during my lifetime and I thought that I would check in on Stan King. He was a teacher at S.A.I.T in Calgary, during my stay there as a student 1978-80. He said at that time "architecture takes a lifetime." So true, he was a gentlemen Architects and taught the Design Workshops that I continued with somewhat as an Architect myself.

Condolences to Friends and Family of Stan.
David J McDermott
January 20, 2021
Stan was a colleague, valued mentor and dear friend to me for over forty years. His support and insightful advise will be dearly missed.
I've attached a photo of us clowning around in Van Dusen Gardens, after the completion of yet another successful Co-design workshop. He always brought out the best in people, including the ability to laugh and enjoy life.
Bill Latimer
January 20, 2021
My sincere sympathies to all of Stanley's loved ones, which I'm sure span the width and breadth of ties by both blood and friendship. While it's been many years since I've talked to Stan, the very thought of him makes me smile.
I had the privilege of collaborating on a couple of projects with Stanley and the CoDesign Team. The first was building consensus between two municipalities and I became a believer. The second was a very contentious project involving eight municipalities and a very conflicted public around one of Central Alberta's most beloved recreation lakes. I admit, I had some doubts that this soft-spoken, gentle man and his team would be able to keep this raucous, determined group calm and focused. Of course, you know he did! Even the most cynical disgruntled citizen left the workshop feeling energized and positive about their input and general direction of the project. Stan's considerable contribution to public consultation cannot be understated.
I know Stan was a great friend to many; I can only surmise that he brought that same warmth and kindness into all of his relationships.
I say that I was a coworker but Stan was more of a mentor and friend to me, as he was to so many.
May peace be with his first love, Margaret and his children. May peace also be with his CoDesign family, and to all those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with this most endearing man.
Brenda Hoskin
January 19, 2021
So sorry to hear this sad news. I have long admired him and his inclusive approach to architecture. He was a great teacher and I will miss him.
Graeme Bristol
January 18, 2021
Here is my father walking near his home in the False Creek area of Vancouver, with Margaret his wife and my mother. Look how happy! We will miss him.

Alan Jonathan King
January 17, 2021
Stan was in my life for 42 years. He was our Co-Design leader, an incredible teacher, mentor, colleague, father figure, and most importantly a true friend who embraced you in his love for life. Over the years he was, for so many of us, always considered a role model, someone we all wanted to be, to emulate, to follow in his footsteps, and to embody his amazing talents and ability to create visions of one’s preferred environment simply by listening, understanding, and visualizing. Stan was the epitome of true selflessness, and the most kind, gentle, caring, and generous person I have ever known. I will always cherish the impact he has left. It will remain with me for the rest of my life.

May God bless him in his journey.
Merinda Conley
Merinda Conley
January 17, 2021
Teacher. Mentor. Colleague. Friend.
How do you put a price on experience, how do you put a value on belief? It takes a great person to extend such grace and kindness, and it takes someone extraordinary to be the kind of mentor that Stan has been for me. Stan inspired, challenged, encouraged, supported, listened and motivated. He modeled patience, confidence and generosity. He was my quiet hero for many years and taught me so much.

I am so grateful for the many gifts that Stan so generously shared with me over the years. Light on your journey- pack your sketchbook.
Drew Ferrari
January 16, 2021
Stanley was a very unique architect in that he drew on the wisdom and preferences of ordinary people in terms of how they wanted their communities and facilities to look and function, rather than seeking to make a commercial or artistic 'statement' that failed to consider the long-term consequences for those who would be using the resulting spaces and structures.
Don Alexander
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