Mark West is the inventor of numerous fabric-formwork methods and the founding director of CAST, the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba. CAST is a unique research laboratory/studio that combines architecture, engineering, and art practices in the invention of new construction methods and architectural forms. West is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, with cross appointments in the UM Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Bath University, UK.