James K. M. Cheng

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The Shangri-La Vancouver in the final stages of construction in 2008

James K. M. Cheng is a Canadian architect best known for his condominium towers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cheng's green glass towers have helped create the architectural style known as Vancouverism.

Life and work[edit]

Cheng was born in Hong Kong and educated at the University of Washington and Harvard where he studied under Richard Meier. In Canada he then apprenticed under Arthur Erickson. He formed his own firm in 1978 when he won the commission for the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Beginning in the 1990s Vancouver saw an unprecedented real estate boom that led to the construction of dozens of condo towers in the city. Cheng has become the leading residential tower designer of this period. UBC professor Dina Krunic has commented that "concrete construction and green glass façade, for which Vancouver is internationally known, are James Cheng's legacy."[1]

While most of his projects are residential and in Vancouver, Cheng has other credits:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fong, Petti, "Vancouver icon takes on Toronto" Toronto Star June 16, 2007
  2. ^ Boddy, Trevor, "Owning the Podium. The latest example of James Cheng's approach to the tower-podium building type demonstrates the architect's ability to reshape downtown Vancouver" Canadian Architect August 8, 2010
  3. ^ Kam Napier, A. (February 2014). "High-Rises' Design Inspired by the Ocean". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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