Paul Fast is founder and Partner of Fast + Epp, based in Vancouver, Canada.
He has led the structural design of numerous prominent projects since the firm’s beginnings in 1985. He has been recognized for his unconventional use of timber, emerging as a leader in architecturally-exposed timber structures, often pushing the design envelope to create hybrids of timber, concrete and steel.
Fast + Epp collaborates with architects to explore innovative solutions and economical material combinations, with award-winning projects including the Richmond Olympic Oval Roof, VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre, Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge, and Shanghai Wood Presentation Centre.
He studied civil engineering at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1981.
He was named an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the United Kingdom in 2010. He also sits on advisory boards with the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture.
Paul Fast was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for North America in 2017.