Peter Buckland graduated from Cambridge University in 1960 and joined the famous bridge engineering company Freeman, Fox and Partners, where he worked on the Severn and Wye Bridges. In 1963 he emigrated to Canada and spent five years with a steel fabricating company and four with consultants before co-founding Buckland & Taylor Ltd. in 1972. Since then, Buckland & Taylor Ltd has developed a world-wide reputation for leading-edge bridge engineering, including the design of the Alex Fraser Bridge, the world’s longest span cable-stayed bridge from 1986 to 1991, the world’s first conversion of a suspension bridge to a cable-stayed bridge, and the complete rebuilding of the Lions’ Gate Suspension Bridge without interrupting daytime traffic in 1999-2002.
Peter Buckland and his colleagues have won many awards for bridge engineering, and in 1992 he was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of British Columbia. He resigned as President of Buckland & Taylor in 2001, but remains a Principal of the firm.