About Jim Taggart FRAIC
Jim received his Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Sheffield, England in 1980. For 12 years he worked in design and construction in Canada and the UK, including five years with Vancouver’s Expo ’86 World’s Fair, and three years as an Associate with Busby Bridger Architects. Since 1992 his focus has been public and professional education and communications in the areas of architecture, urban design and sustainable development. His most notable area of specialty is the role of wood in contemporary architecture, and he has written many technical case studies and general articles on the subject for national and international publications. Jim has also delivered more than 80 professional development seminars on behalf of the Canadian Wood Council in more than 30 cities across North America. Jim currently teaches history and theory in the architectural science degree program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is the editor of Sustainable Architecture and Building magazine (SABMag). His other writing and editing credits include: the pocket architectural guides ‘Downtown Victoria’ (2000) and ‘Historic Vancouver’ (2001); the first five editions of the ‘Cedar Book’ (2007 – 2011); ‘Busby: Learning Sustainable Design” (2007) and ‘Symphony of Structure –the work of Fast + Epp’; (2010). Jim is the recipient of numerous awards including a Certificate of Special Recognition from the Architectural Institute of BC for Services to the architectural profession and a provincial Innovation Award for his role in the AI BC’s Architects in Schools Program. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010.