James Aitken has over 25 years of experience as a practising architect in Montreal. He earned a BES and a B. Arch from the University of Waterloo (1976 and 1981), and an M. Arch in History and Theory from McGill University (1995).
Before establishing his own practice, James Aitken worked for several design-oriented architects including Peter Lanken, Peter Rose, Phillip Bobrow, Fournier Gersovitz Moss, and Saia Barbarese. His project experience ranges from urban planning studies (McGill College Avenue, the Vieux Port de Montréal), to commercial and institutional projects (Maison Alcan, Jewish General Hospital, Palais de Congrès), sports and recreation facilities (Centre Sportif Georges-Vanier, Inukjuak Community Centre), and renovation-restoration (357 de la Commune). His current practice includes residential projects as well as small scale institutional and commercial work.
R. James Aitken Architecte was founded in 2002, dedicated to the practice of architecture in its broadest sense. Offering a full scope of professional services that combine technical, planning and design skills with conceptual rigour, the office strives to create meaningful work in well-built projects that range from the extraordinary to the everyday. James Aitken’s technical and planning experience, combined with a solid background in architectural theory, brings a broad, yet in-depth approach to every project. Determined to seek architectural opportunities in the technological and professional aspects of practice, James Aitken retains a serious commitment to the concerns of his clients, the conditions of the site, community involvement, and contemporary issues.