James K. M. Cheng

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

James K. M. Cheng (Chinese: 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[edit]

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."[1] In 2012 Cheng was awarded the Order of Canada.[2]

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


  1. ^ Fong, Petti, "Vancouver icon takes on Toronto" Toronto Star June 16, 2007
  2. ^ Governor General of Canada webpage Archived 2018-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2017-04-29
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Kam Napier, A. (February 2014). "High-Rises' Design Inspired by the Ocean". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.

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