Ron Thom Exhibition Opens in West Vancouver

A reminder that West Coast Points East: Ron Thom and the Allied Arts, a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of one of British Columbia’s most widely recognized architects, will be shown at the West Vancouver Museum until September 21. This exhibition, curated by Adele Weder with exhibition design by Public: Architecture + Communication, highlights Thom’s training at the Vancouver School of Art, his award-winning west coast residential architecture, and his noted work at Massey College and Trent University. Drawing on the private holdings of family members and former colleagues as well as the Canadian Architectural Archives and Massey College Library, it explores the sources and output of Thom’s creative process. Many of the featured drawings, documents and artifacts are on public display for the first time. The West Vancouver show marks the first leg of a cross-Canada itinerary.

What Solutions Can Architects Provide For The Rapidly Increasing Global Population?

By Sian Disson, World Architecture New
June 28, 2013

Experts have predicted that by 2025 the global population will have reached a shocking 8 billion. Our current population is bolstered by advances in medicine, increased access to immunization and disease eradication programs, gradually slowing the international death rate. Despite widespread family planning programs by government organizations and non-profits across the world, our global population continues to rise. The design industry is now under pressure to find solutions to this expanding population and this will be the focus of an architecture summit held in New York this coming October. In preparation for this discussion WAN asked experts in diverse fields for their opinions as to how architecture can support the projected population of 8 billion by 2025. More …

In Passing: Herwig Pimiskern

Herwig (Vic) Pimiskern Architect AIBC passed away on June 2, 2013 at the age of 71. Herwig was born in Zagreb, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia). His family immigrated to British Columbia in 1957. He attended the University of Toronto and then the University of British Columbia where he graduated from the School of Architecture with honors in 1967. He first registered with the AIBC in 1970. His subsequent career included working for Bing G. Marr Architect in addition to his own practice. He is survived by his partner Farideh and sons Konrad, Frank and Mark. An interment will be held at the District of North Vancouver Cemetery on June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Vic’s name may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Association.