James Aaron Volpé Bligh


Architect AIBC M.Arch B.ASc

James is an architect and writer from Vancouver, British Columbia with a passion for craftsmanship, the Pacific Northwest, public space, and affordable housing. He won a Special Mention with Ian Robertson and Simon Chan for their entry in the Urbanarium's Missing Middle housing affordability competition - targeting rezoning applications for the monetary windfalls they generate.

James works at Proscenium Architecture + Interiors, and has helped develop projects there such as the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, the Langara College Facilities Master Plan, and a number of multifamily housing buildings - all with project architect Kori Chan. James has written for printed publications including Canadian Architect and Objekt International, as well as online publications including Price Tags and Vancouver is Awesome.

He holds a Masters in Architecture from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo. James has been an AIBC architectural awards jury member and has served on SALA Thesis Committee. James’ work is inspired by his grandparents’ home designed by west coast modern architects Davison and Porter. He lives in Gastown with his wife Errin, a cool optometrist responsible for his maple glasses.