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Bing Thom: 1940–2016
Oct 04, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected loss of our generous friend, alumnus, and award-winning colleague, Bing Thom. Vancouver and the global architecture and urban design community is a far lesser place today without him. We extend our sincere condolences to Bing’s wife Bonnie and family and to our many friends and colleagues at Bing Thom Architects.
Bing’s talent and contributions as an architect and urban placemaker are extraordinary. He leaves us with a rich and diverse portfolio of consistently distinctive buildings and public places born of his prolific creative mind and unwavering commitment to design and detail. These are truly exceptional places expressive of Bing’s indelible optimism and persistent confidence in the vitality of civic life, the dignity of people, and the intimacy of everyday experience. Every graduating UBC student directly engages that confluence as they cross the stage of the elegant auditorium of the magnificent Chan Centre for the Performing Arts before faculty, friends, and family to mark their passage to new lives with new degrees.
Bing was also much more than a very talented and civic minded architect. He was also a strategic systems thinker, courageous advocate, and outspoken provocateur fueled by a lively mind on constant alert for a greater good. His buildings, built and unbuilt, were consistently conceived as contributors to, and often catalysts of, larger ideas and discourse about architecture, urban life, cities, and even watersheds. We are grateful to have known and worked with Bing for many years. We are honoured to have been able to recognize his contributions to Canada with a prestigious Margolese National Design for Living Prize in 2013. The many other communities that he has touched will also sorely miss his art, humanity, and courage. May his values, work, and influence endure a very long time.