Alvin Reinhard Fritz
Alvin Fritz began reading architectural drawings at age 12 while working for his father Otto Fritz’s construction company. As the son of a prolific masonry contractor, Fritz gained knowledge and skill in masonry and at the age of 17 began working as a foreman on numerous projects across Alberta. His experience in construction would serve to benefit his career in architecture.
Having excelled in fine art in his youth, Fritz began his post-secondary studies at the University of Lethbridge and pursued his creative development through painting, sketching, sculpture, ceramic arts and serigraphy. In 1978, Fritz received several awards and saw several of his works exhibited across Canada. Fritz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Science degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1980.
Fritz chose to pursue his career in architecture at the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1983, receiving the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Metal, awarded to the graduate with the highest academic standing. After winning the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship to study Heritage preservation and restoration in Munich, he moved with his family to Germany for one year to complete his studies at the Technische Universität München.
Upon his return to Canada, Fritz gained a broad range of experience in all aspects of the architectural profession. He was employed in numerous architectural offices, offering his strengths in design, building technology and graphic representation. In 1989, he founded his independent comprehensive practice Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc.
In the ensuing years the corporation grew to meet the demands for architectural design in numerous building types including schools, apartment buildings, churches, hotels, notable residences, institutional, commercial and senior’s accommodation. The firm also grew to meet needs across an increasing geographical region beginning in Alberta, and ultimately reaching from British Columbia to Ontario. Throughout these regions, ARFAi has strived to effectively meet the needs of its clients and to positively contribute to the architectural fabric of the communities which these projects serve.
Fritz is a sought after speaker. In 2015, Fritz was inducted into the University of Lethbridge Alumni Honour Society.
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