George Cotaras

President and General Manager of FBM, George has been with the firm since 1983. He completed his studies in architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1981 (now Dalhousie University) after which he completed graduate research studies at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

George has almost four decades of experience in the design of buildings, document production, construction administration, and project management in building types ranging from institutional, educational, and commercial construction to high-tech computer and industrial facilities and specialized training facilities.

George has worked on many complex buildings often in association with other architects, both nationally and internationally. These projects have been the recipient of many design awards including the Governor General's Medals in Architecture, SABMag Canadian Green Building of the Year Award, and a nomination for the "World Building of the Year" (Civic and Community category) at the World Architecture Festival for the Halifax Central Library.

George has lectured both nationally and internationally at conferences, particularly on the public engagement process used by FBM for the Halifax Central Library, which resulted in widespread acclaim for its design and community-oriented programming.

George is a believer in aspiring architects' mentorship and professional development and is actively involved in his community. He was a sessional instructor in the design studio at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning for ten years. He has been a member of the NSAA Board of Registration for almost three decades and is an evaluator for the RAIC’s Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects program to facilitate licensure for foreign-trained architects. George was named a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2015.