Ronald James Thom, Template:Post-nominals (May 15, 1923 – October 29, 1986) was a Canadian architect. He is especially well-known for his two masterpieces, Massey College and Trent University's riverside campus.
He was born in Penticton, British Columbia, the son of James Thom and Elena Myrtle Fennel. Thom served as an aviator with the RCAF during World War II, returned and graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1947. He never went to architecture school but apprenticed at Thompson, Berwick & Pratt, where he quickly became recognized as an unusually gifted draughtsman and designer. and also designed notable houses in the Vancouver area, several of which won Massey Awards, the country's top award for architecture. In 1957, he became a registered architect at Thompson, Berwick and Pratt and a partner shortly afterward.
He established R.J. Thom & Associates in Toronto in 1963 and later the Thom Partnership. He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 1980, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He had a lifelong battle with alcoholism and was eventually forced out of the partnership by some younger partners. He died at his office in 1986 after a bout of heavy drinking. His ashes were taken back by his family and scattered off the Pacific Ocean at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.
He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in 2013 and 2014, "Ron Thom and the Allied Arts" featuring a collection of photographs, drawings, letters and furniture that he designed for his buildings. The exhibition was shown in British Columbia in 2013, at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto beginning in February 2014, and at the Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton in November 2014.
|Master plan and buildings of Massey College||1963||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture / Medieval Oxbridge College||University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario||200px|
|Fraser Residence (Fraser House)||1968 (restoration completed by Altius Architecture in 2001)||Ronald Thom and Paul Merrick (Co-designer)||Modern architecture||4 Old George Place (Rosedale Ravine) Toronto, Ontario|
|Catherine Parr Traill College Master plan and renovations of buildings; Champlain College, Lady Eaton College, the Bata Library and science complex on the Symons Campus||1969–1973||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario||200px|
|St. Jude's Cathedral (Iqaluit)||1970||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||Iqaluit (destroyed 2005)||200px|
|Fleming College||1973||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||Peterborough, Ontario||200px|
|Pearson College of the Pacific||1977||Ronald Thom & Barry Vance Downs||Modern architecture||Victoria, British Columbia|
|College Education Centre||1982||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||Nipissing University, Nipissing, Ontario|
|Toronto Zoo - master plan and pavilions (including African and Indo-Malaysian Pavilions)||1974||Ronald Thom with Craig & Boake and Clifford & Laurie||Modern architecture||Metropolitan Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario|
|Atria North office complex (Phase I), North York||1978-80||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||2255 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario||200px|
|New Shaw Festival Theatre||1973||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario|
|Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts||1977||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||130 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario||200px|
|The Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto||1975||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario|
|Ryerson Architecture Building||1979-1981||Ronald Thom||Modern architecture||Ryerson University 325 Church Street Toronto, Ontario|
- Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
- Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1973)
- Member, Ontario Association of Architects
- Member, Architectural Institute of British Columbia
- Member, Quebec Association of Architects (1966-1969)
- Honorary Doctorate of Law (LL.D) Trent University 1971
- Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Trent University 1973
- Winner of Design Competition for Massey College, University of Toronto
- Citations of Excellence in Architecture by International College and University Conference and Exposition, 1970
- Toronto Chapter Annual Design Award - 1970
- National Design Council Merit Awards 1971
- Canadian Housing Design Council Award 1971
- Canadian Architect Yearbook Award of Excellence 1974
Thom was married twice, first to Christine Helen Millard (1923-2014) in 1943 and survived by second wife Molly (m. 1963), daughter Emma (a veterinarian) and son Adam Thom (himself an architect).
- R J Thom
- Early photos and letters concerning the development of Trent University
- Ron Thom Slide Show
- Ron Thom's Toronto - Walking Tour, Globe and Mail, January 2014
- List of Globe and Mail articles
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