Based in Vancouver, Bing Thom Architects (BTA) is a firm of visionary architects and planners who share a fundamental belief in the transformative power of great architecture to uplift, not only the physical, but also the economic and social conditions of a community. Their belief in this power has become the grounding philosophy for the office and has resulted in memorable architecture that consistently taps into something beyond aesthetics. Founded in 1980, BTA has executed a wide spectrum of projects in North America and overseas for cultural institutions, corporations, universities, governments, developers and communities. More often than not the firm’s projects are mixed-use, integrating a range of commercial, residential and institutional uses to create a vibrant and sustainable whole. “Balance” is a word that BTA uses often about its own projects, as the goal of the firm’s design process is to find the right balance between budget, time, function, human need, and culture. Bing Thom Architects has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 2010 Firm Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the most prestigious honour that can be awarded to a Canadian architectural practice. The firmis consistently recognized for its talent and passion as well as its ability to integrate planning, urban design and architecture into artistically compelling designs that inspire and engage all those that come in contact with them.