James K. M. Cheng
James K. M. Cheng (鄭景明) is a Canadian architect best known for his condominium towers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cheng's designs, most notably the highrise towers, are noted for their extensive use of glass and for their contribution to the architectural style known as Vancouverism.
Life and work
Cheng was born in Hong Kong and educated at the University of Washington (B.Arch., 1970) and Harvard (M.Arch.) where he studied under Richard Meier. In Canada he then apprenticed under Arthur Erickson. He formed his own firm, James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc., 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." In 2012 Cheng was awarded the Order of Canada.
While most of his projects are residential and in Vancouver, Cheng has other credits:
- Living Shangri-La currently the tallest building in Metro Vancouver
- King George Tower - designed proposed tower that if completed would be one of the tallest buildings in Canada
- Fairmont Pacific Rim- an upscale hotel and condominium building
- Shangri-La Toronto - mixed used hotel, condo tower in Toronto and second building built by Cheng outside BC
- Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington and first building built by Cheng outside BC
- Shaw Tower - mix residential-commercial office tower
- Parc Residences in Victoria, BC - residential mid-rise
- Willow Court in Vancouver, BC - residential townhouses - In 1983, Willow Court won Cheng the Governor General's Medal for Architecture 
- The Falls in Victoria, BC - residential mid-rise with retail base
- Terminal City Club Tower - mixed used hotel, condo and office tower
- Waiea Tower in Ward Village - 36-floor residential tower in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Fong, Petti, "Vancouver icon takes on Toronto" Toronto Star June 16, 2007
- Governor General of Canada webpage. Retrieved 2017-04-29
- 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
- Kam Napier, A. (February 2014). "High-Rises' Design Inspired by the Ocean". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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