The following announcement was prepared by Chernoff Thompson Architects.
It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Rand Thompson, founding Partner at Chernoff Thompson Architects. We lost our dear advisor and friend on September 17, 2018.
Rand was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1945. He obtained his architectural education at the University of British Columbia and worked at the firms of Aitken Bozyk Architects, Bain Burroughs Hanson, Raimet Architects and Arthur Erickson Architects prior to forming Chernoff Thompson Architects in 1981 with Russell Chernoff.
Throughout his career Rand contributed to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia as a mentor to Intern Architects AIBC, an Oral Review Panelist, and was instrumental as Chair of the Competitions Committee in formulating the rules associated with conducting architectural competitions. He also acted as professional advisor on three major public facilities – the Vancouver Public Library, the Victoria Convention Centre, and the Royal Theatre in Victoria B.C.
Rand has been a key person in the success of Chernoff Thompson Architects for 37 years through his contributions as a designer of many significant projects, and his mentoring of younger colleagues, providing both professional and personal guidance with passion and spirit. With equal joy, Rand worked closely with all his clients, striving to understand their visions and to provide the right solution for their projects. His strong personal interest in architectural practice as a business has also played a pivotal role in the firm’s management.
Rand was also noted as a pioneer in computer applications for architectural practice, and he had a keen interest in the firm as a business.
Rand’s lasting legacy will live through his numerous works and through the work of all of us who were profoundly influenced by his spirit. His insightful contributions and commitment to the firm, colleagues and the profession of architecture leaves a foundation for continued success. He will be missed.
There will be a celebration of Rand’s life on Saturday, October 27 at 4 p.m. at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.
5854 Marine Dr
West Vancouver, B.C. V7W 2S2