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Ron Thom

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Ron Thom Renewal

Trent master planner Ron Thom and his team of designers, architects and engineers shaped Trent’s distinct identity through their bold work. From the harmony of original light fixtures, tables and chairs, to the stunning rubble aggregate of Bata Library and Champlain College, and the sweeping elegance of the Faryon Bridge, they left an extraordinary design and architectural legacy.

“The physical character of a university must reflect its philosophical idea….” Ron Thom, Letter, 1963

Thom was given the challenge of designing a campus that was “a place of aesthetic as well as of intellectual excitement.” The result was a visual and experiential masterpiece of mid-century modernism that continues to inspire alumni and students today.

Through careful investment, these remarkable buildings and furnishings will continue to attract students and stimulate aesthetic and intellectual engagement.


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