Remembering Francis Yan
It is with deep sadness that Revery Architecture shares the news that our dear friend and Director, Francis Yan, passed away in San Francisco on May 19, 2018 where he was with his family celebrating his daughter’s graduation.
As a respected leader at Revery (formerly Bing Thom Architects) since 1999, Francis spent almost half of his 40-year career working at our Vancouver office, excelling in project management and construction administration on many of Revery’s projects, including the Surrey Central City mixed-use development, Surrey BC, the Arena Stage expansion in Washington, DC, and the Tarrant County College Downtown Campus in Fort Wort, Texas. In more recent years, as a Director in our firm’s Hong Kong office, Francis was instrumental in ensuring the successful delivery of the University of Chicago’s Francis and Rose Yuen Center in Hong Kong, and the innovative façade for West Kowloon Cultural District’s Xiqu Centre.
Francis was an avid proponent of Revery’s ‘Master Builder’ approach to architecture and was appreciated for his profound knowledge of building envelope, specifications, design, detailing, construction administration, and management. His professionalism and perfectionism were admired and his devotion to his projects and to our practice was unwavering. Francis was meticulous and disciplined, showing patience and generosity in all that he did. The strength of his mentorship enriched and empowered all who worked alongside him and inspired many younger architects navigating the profession. For Francis, the process of architecture was not detached from the process of life. Architecture is Life, and the tools for achieving the main goals in architecture are the same ones we use to achieve our inner goals.
A gentleman inside and outside of the office, Francis will be remembered as a mentor, friend, and colleague. We are grateful to have known his kindness and to have shared his dedication to our firm’s creative vision on both sides of the Pacific. His warm smile and gentle spirit will be deeply missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.