Vancouver-based architect Bing Thom died today. According to CBC News, he was traveling in Hong Kong and suffered a brain aneurysm.
Born in Hong Kong, he immigrated to Vancouver in 1950, according to Historica Canada. He studied architecture at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. Before opening his own Vancouver firm (Bing Thom Architects, in 1981), Thom worked in the offices of Arthur Erickson and Fumihiko Maki. As CBC News reports, it was his Chan Centre for the Performing Arts that helped put his practice on the map. Bing Thom Architects’ accolades include the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm of the Year (2010) and Gold Medal (2011).
His firm issued a statement, which included: “Bing Thom was one of Canada’s most admired and accomplished architects, a dedicated and artful city builder whose global reputation was closely tied to Metro Vancouver, a region he cared for deeply and did much to protect and to improve…. Bing Thom was a mentor to so many architects young and old, sharing his values and passion for creating beautiful spaces and places that better communities.” According to the statement, his wife, Bonnie Thom, was at his side when he passed.
The firm also writes: “Messages of condolences sent to office[at]bingthomarchitects.com will be shared with family and staff.”