Webb Zerafa Menkès Housden Partnership

The Webb Zerafa Menkès Housden Partnership, established 1961, Peter J. Webb (b 1927), Boris E. Zerafa (b 1933), René Menkès (b 1932) and W.H.G. Housden (b 1931), has offices throughout Canada, the US, the Middle East, Europe and New Zealand. This architectural firm has contributed to the transformation of many Canadian cities with its designs for the corporate headquarters of major oil companies, insurance companies and banks.

Among its many projects are the Telegram Building (now the Globe and Mail Headquarters), Toronto (1961-63); the Toronto Star Building, Toronto (1971); Hazelton Lanes, Toronto (1974-76); the Crossways Complex, Toronto (1975-76); the Royal Bank Building, Toronto (1976); Sun Life Centre, Toronto (1981-83); the Elf Aquitaine Towers, Paris (1982-84); City Hall, Calgary (1985); the Manufacturer's Life Tower, Vancouver (1984-85); the Bank of BC Tower, Vancouver (1984-86); Scotia Plaza Tower, Toronto (1986-88); Waterfront Park, Phase I, Halifax (1988); Canada Place, Edmonton (1988), and Maison des Coopérant, Montréal (completion in 1989). In its more than 25-year history, the firm has earned many awards. Among these are the Massey Medal in 1970 for the Saidye Bronfman Cultural Centre in Montréal (designed in collaboration with Phyllis Lambert) and the Silver Massey Medal for Architecture in 1964 for Lothian Mews in Toronto (demolished 1984).