October 30, 2015
James Cheng was born in Hong Kong and educated at the University of Washington and Harvard where he studied with Richard Meier. Moving to Canada, he apprenticed under Arthur Erickson, and then in 1978 formed his own firm when he won the commission for the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. His legacy of green glass towers helped create the architectural style known as “Vancouverism”. Among his projects are the Shangri-La, currently the tallest building in Metro Vancouver, the Shaw Tower, and Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington.