Thompson Berwick and Pratt and Partners

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Thompson Berwick and Pratt and Partners
Private company
Industry Architecture
FoundedSharp and Thompson, 1908 - 1990
FounderG.L.T. Sharp, Charles J. Thompson
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Number of employees
20-50

Thompson Berwick and Pratt and Partners is an architectural firm that was founded in 1908 [1] as Sharp and Thompson. The firm played a substantial role in Vancouver and Canadian Architecture and began as a birthplace for several famous Canadian architects such as Barry Downs, Paul Merrick, [2] Arthur Erickson, and Ron Thom.

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Proposed plan of the University of British Columbia from 1914 Sharp and Thompson proposed plan for Point Grey campus.jpg
Proposed plan of the University of British Columbia from 1914

The firm became known for winning the 1913 international competition for the UBC Point Grey Campus master plan as well as becoming the university's official architecture firm. [4]

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References

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  2. Koepke, Melora (September 2009). "Almost Grown". The Walrus. Toronto, Ontario: The Walrus Foundation. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  3. Carroll, Bellyk, Ann, Jayne (1989). Thompson, Berwick, Pratt & Partners fonds (PDF). University of British Columbia. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  4. "Thompson, Berwick, Pratt & Partners fonds, 1908-1968". Canadian Architectural Archives. Retrieved 2014-11-17.