December 22, 2017
by Canadian Architect
One of Canada’s best known architectural practices is entering 2018 with a new moniker, as Bing Thom Architects announce a change of name to Revery Architecture. A year after the unexpected death of founding partner — and Canadian architecture legend — Bing Thom, the namesake firm is adapting for the future, with a recent public letter by principals Venelin Kokalov and Shinobu Homma outlining the company’s evolution:
As we prepare to welcome in the New Year, I am thrilled to announce our firm’s name change from Bing Thom Architects to Revery Architecture as of today, Monday, December 18th 2017.
The studio has gone through many transformations over its 35-year history. Some changes have been subtle while others more pronounced, but all share the same objective of strengthening our core values and the passion we have for design excellence. With the passing of our firm’s founder Bing Thom in 2016, the past year has been one of necessary evolution and transformation at the firm. The new name, Revery Architecture, reflects the firm’s enduring vision to strive for exceptional design, whilst paying homage to Bing who instilled in us all the courage to dream big.
Our team, many of whom have worked together for decades, continue to move from strength to strength and both our Vancouver and Hong Kong offices are hives of activity, working on buildings for the arts, academe, housing, recreation, research and civic institutions. We are eager to continue providing our clients, and the cities we build in, with exceptional design and innovation.
All look forward to the 2018 opening of two educational buildings: the Simon Fraser University Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering building, in Surrey, BC and the new University of Chicago Centre in Hong Kong. Next year will also see the start of construction on the residential Butterfly building in Vancouver as well as the opening of the Xiqu Opera House in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong — a permanent monument to Bing Thom’s legacy in the city of both his birth and death. As he would have wished, it is now time to look forward and create anew because, as he had often said: “The best is yet to come.”