Bing Thom, Hong Kong-born Canadian architect, Died at 75


Bing Wing Thom was born on December 1940, in Hong Kong and died on October 4, 2016.

He was a Canadian architect and urban designer.

Thom immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his family in 1950.

He relocated to Tokyo in 1971 to work for Japanese architect-urbanist Fumihiko Maki.

Upon returning to Canada in 1972, Thom joined Arthur Erickson Architects as project director and oversaw projects such as Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto (1977), the Robson Square Courthouse Complex in Vancouver (1973–79) and the Air Defence Ministry Building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

During 1981, he established his own architecture firm, Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects.

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada and he was a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to his country, in 1995 He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

He received honorary degrees from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

During 2010, Wing and his firm were awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm of the Year award.

During 2011 he was awarded the RAIC’s highest honour, the RAIC Gold Medal.

Bing Thom passed away at 75 years old.