Visiting Lecturer, University of Bath Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Visiting Professor, MIT Department of Architecture
West was the Founding Director of the Center for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) and former Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. CAST is the first research laboratory in the world dedicated to the development and testing of fabric formwork and fabric-formed concrete structures, providing a unique facility for interdisciplinary research with architects, engineers, and industry. He is the inventor of many fabric-formed concrete techniques for architecture and engineering structures and is the author of The Fabric Formwork Book (Routledge), the first comprehensive monograph on the emerging technology of flexible molds for reinforced concrete architecture. His work merges sculpture, architectural design, structural engineering, and drawing. West studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York (1980) and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1996). He has worked as a teacher, researcher, and builder for over thirty years in schools of architecture and engineering in North America and Europe.