Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 6:30pm
Guy Lombardo Memorial Lecture
Architecture Building Auditorium
Join us for the final installment in the Fall 2008 Lecture Series at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Bing Thom, MAIBC, FRAIC, AIA will present his work in a lecture entitled "Living on the Edge."
Bing Thom is founding principal of Bing Thom Architects (BTA), the firm he founded in Vancouver in 1980. Born in Hong Kong, as a child he immigrated to Vancouver. During his architectural education at the University of British Columbia, Bing began working for his instructor and mentor, Arthur Erickson. He received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where he helped pioneer one of North America's the first academic programs in Ethnic Studies.
During his extensive travels abroad at the outset of his career, Bing taught architecture in Singapore and worked in Tokyo with architect Fumihiko Maki. Bing made his early reputation with his groundbreaking design work for the World's Fair exhibitions. He helped define Expo 86 by designing its most acclaimed pavilions, and shortly thereafter was awarded the commission to design the Canada Pavilion for Expo 92 in Seville, Spain.
BTA’s collection of legacy projects includes Central City, the new mixed-use campus for Simon Fraser University in Surrey, BC, winner of the 2004 MIPIM Special Jury Prize in Cannes, France for world's top development. Others include the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia; Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, BC; the Pacific Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre; Master Plans for the Cities of Dalian and Yuxi in China and Fort Worth, Texas; the recently completed Sunset Community Center in Vancouver; and the highly anticipated Arena Stage theater complex in Washington, DC.
Bing Thom’s talent and service have been recognized by a range of honors including the Order of Canada, the Golden Jubilee Medal, honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, and an honorary professorship from Tongji University in Shanghai.
The lecture is free and open to the public. AIA members can receive CE credit for attendance. Directions to the School