Bing Thom is one of Canada’s most admired and accomplished architects. Born in Hong Kong and immigrating to Canada as a child, Bing received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley. A student of the 60’s, Bing travelled Asia and helped pioneer one of the first academic programs in Ethnic Studies in North America during his time in Berkeley. He worked in the offices of Fumihiko Maki and Arthur Erickson before starting his own firm, Bing Thom Architects (BTA), in 1982.
With close personal and professional ties to Asia and North America, BTA’s 40+ person office is shaped by the wide-range of experience brought by professionals from 15 different countries who collectively speak 14 languages. Among BTA’s successes are Surrey Central City, an internationally award winning mixed-use project combining a university campus, shopping centre and office tower; the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia; Pacific Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre; Trinity River East, Tarrant County College’s new downtown campus in Fort Worth, Texas; the City Centre Library in Surrey, Canada; and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington DC. BTA’s newest projects include the design of Woodridge Public Library in Washington DC; MacEwan University’s Centre for Arts and Communication in Edmonton, Canada; the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong, which will be a new home for Chinese Opera and the inaugural project in the multi-venue West Kowloon Cultural District; and University of Chicago’s new Hong Kong campus for the Booth School of Business.
Bing Thom’s commitment to using great architecture to improve the urban context and social condition has been recognized by a range of honours including the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to architecture and community, and the RAIC Gold Medal. Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Bing is a popular lecturer in Canada and abroad and is the privileged recipient of Honorary Degree of Laws from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, as well as an honorary professorship from Tongji University in Shanghai.