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Local architect Bing Thom passes away

SFU Surrey one of his many projects in Metro Vancouver

Bing Thom also used to be the Arthur Erickson Architects, giving him a tie to the man who built SFU Burnaby as well.
Bing Thom also used to be the Arthur Erickson Architects, giving him a tie to the man who built SFU Burnaby as well.

Bing Thom, the architect who designed SFU Surrey and Surrey City Centre Library, has passed away at the age of 75, according to a statement released by his firm on October 4.

Thom, who was in Hong Kong when he passed, is survived by his wife Bonnie Thom, who he was with for over 50 years. The cause of death is a brain aneurysm.

He was the founder of Bing Thom Architects, which has developed a number of projects in the Metro Vancouver area. He is perhaps best-known for designing the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.  

SFU Surrey was a $135-million project which opened in 2004. It has won several awards, including the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Innovation Award.

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