Nicholas Robert Bawlf, BArch’63
February 18, 1938 – August 11, 2012. Architect, artist, cowboy, storyteller and bon vivant, Nick was born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver. In 1961 he was awarded a CMHC Travelling Scholarship which he used to examine urban renewal in the US. His graduating thesis, proposing the creation of Victoria’s Bastion Square, won the National Pilkington Scholarship for Study Abroad. Nick worked for the Civic Trust in London on its plan for restoring the Lea Valley, for UNESCO in Ireland and for a private firm in Denmark.
Back in Vancouver he worked for Thompson, Berwick and Pratt, then for Erickson & Massey in Montreal and Toronto where he was one of the designers of the Bank of Canada building in Ottawa.
Nick established his practice in Victoria in 1972 and earned a reputation as a leading practitioner of heritage rehabilitation projects in the province. Nick’s work was recognized with a number of awards, including the Lt. Governor’s Medal for his competition-winning scheme for The Victoria Conference Centre. Nick and his brother, Sam, won a Heritage Canada award for their restoration of the 10 buildings that created Victoria’s Market Square and also received a Heritage BC award for their lifetime achievements.
Nick had a deep love of aboriginal culture and the times spent with the Hunt family and other friends from Fort Rupert. He was an unforgettable character with enormous talent who made friends wherever he went and enriched the lives of everyone around him.
He was much loved by his partner of 20 years, Pamela Madoff; his children, Tine and Peer; his grandchildren; his younger brother, Sam; and extended family. Released from the health challenges of recent years, Nick is now free to ride the upper pastures of his beloved Flying U Ranch, paints and cigar in hand.