Bing Thom, the world famous Vancouver based architect, has died.
His company says he passed away earlier today from a brain aneurism in his hometown of Hong Kong.
Locally, he designed the UBC Chan Centre and the Central City complex in Surrey that includes the SFU campus.
The 75-year-old was awarded the Order of Canada in 1995.
Michael Heeney of Bing Thom Architects says he was originally a student of Arthur Erickson and then went to work for him on the SFU design.
“He went away and he came back to work for Arthur and he was leading the team that did the Robson Square and the Courthouse project.”
Heeney says Thom leaves a long legacy.
“One of his first big breaks was Expo 86, when he did a number of different pavilions, including the Northwest Territories pavilion, which had the lowest budget but the longest line-ups.”
There was a moment of silence this morning at the regular meeting of Vancouver City Council, to remember Bing Thom and to pay condolences to his family.