Trevor Boddy

Vancouver-based design critic and urban commentator Trevor Boddy has written on architecture and cities for the Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Seattle Times, Georgia Straight, Architectural Review, Architectural Record and global design magazines. He is co-winner of both the Western Magazine Arts Writing Award and the Jack Webster Journalism Prize. He holds a professional Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Calgary, and has taught design studio, history and urbanism on four continents, and lectures globally on contemporary design and city-building.

At the 2011 World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo, Trevor’s essay (for A/V in Madrid) on contemporary design in his country entitled “MEGA + MICRO: Canada, Innovation at the Extremes” was awarded second prize as the best piece of architectural criticism published worldwide in the preceding three years. Earlier in the year, his “HybridCity” was installed in the Vancouver Art Gallery and throughout the city as part of the exhibition “WE Vancouver: 12 Manifestos for the City.” Trevor has been an organizer and juror for design competitions and award programs, and in 2008 was made an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and served on their awards jury.

As architectural curator, Trevor Boddy assembled and produced the 2008 exhibition “Vancouverism” and related Trafalgar Square site-specific construction, named a marquee event for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, and re-mounted in 2009 at Galerie CCC, Paris. An expanded version entitled “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” was mounted in the Woodwards downtown development during Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games. His exhibition “Rethink: Behind San Diego’s Skyline” is on show there through the fall of 2015. Previously, Trevor Boddy produced the 2005 exhibition-as-event for UBC’s Museum of Anthropology entitled “A Dialogue of Cities,” a global gathering of architecture critics. His career retrospective exhibition entitled “Telling Details: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens” toured nationally to five public art galleries across Canada. For the City of Surrey he was co-organizer of “TownShift: Suburb Into City,” the largest ideas design competition ever mounted by a Canadian municipality.

Trevor Boddy’s independent critical monograph The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal was named “Alberta Book of the Year,” and his essay “Underground and Overhead: Building the Analogous City” was included in the collection Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space, named “one of the most important books of 1992" by the Voice Literary Supplement.  His 1986 Modern Architecture in Alberta was Canada’s first regional history of 20th century architecture, followed up by his introduction to Capital Modern, for the 2007 exhibition of the same name at the Art Gallery of Alberta. His text for the major monograph City-Builder: The Architecture of James K. M. Cheng will be published in early 2016. He has served on the boards of directors of the Vancouver Centre for Dance, Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, the Centretown Ottawa Citizen’s Corporation, and NeWest Publishers. In 2012, Trevor was appointed Adjunct Professor in UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, previously holding professorial appointments at Manitoba, Oregon, Toronto and Carleton.