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Marianne McKenna
OC, OAA, OAQ, FRAIC, AIA, Founding Partner
mmckenna@kpmbarchitects.com
Marianne McKenna, a founding partner of KPMB Architects, was born in Montréal, Québec and educated at Swarthmore College (B.A. 1972) and Yale University (M. Arch. 1976). In 2012 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for crafting “architecture that enriches the public experience.”

Marianne has directed a diverse range of projects in the spheres of culture, education, and business. Her projects include the Genome Quebec Innovation Centre at McGill University*, Le Quartier Concordia*, an integrated vertical campus for Concordia University, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, and the expansion of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

The design for the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, with its acclaimed Koerner Hall, earned KPMB its 11th Governor General’s Medal, as well as numerous awards for architectural excellence. For her leadership of this project, Marianne was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory in 2011.

Marianne has designed corporate offices for Torys LLP in Toronto and Calgary, and is currently working on a revitalization of Toronto’s historic Massey Hall. She is leading the design for the Music and Theater Arts Project in Walker Memorial Hall at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the expansion of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and is also a leading member of the integrated design team for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In 2010 Marianne was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has taught at McGill University, L’Université de Montréal and the University of Toronto and lectured and acted as guest critic at Yale University. She has juried a range of art competitions for integrated artworks, and serves on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx.

* project In joint venture with Fichten Soiferman et Associés, Architectes

Education and Professional Memberships

Education

1976 Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Master of Architecture
1972 Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Art History

Professional Memberships

1999 Registered Member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
1998 Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1995 Registered Member, Toronto Society of Architects
1990 Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1986 Registered Member, Ontario Association of Architects
1978 Registered Member, Ordre des Architects du Quebec

Board Memberships

Institute for Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Board of Directors

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Selected Awards

  • 2014 Governor General's Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2014 Architectural Record, Good Design is Good Business Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2014 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2014 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
  • 2014 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Torys LLP Calgary
  • 2013 Architizer A+ Awards - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Pug Awards, Honourable Mention - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2012 Civic Trust Award - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2012 Ontario Concrete Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2011 American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education, Educational Facility Design Award - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2011 American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education, Educational Facility Design Award - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2010 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Architecture Honor Award - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2010 American Institute of Architects, Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design - Ryerson University Master Plan
  • 2010 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2010 Governor General's Award - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2010 Pug Awards, Best in Show - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2010 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2010 Pug Awards, Best in Show - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2010 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2010 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2010 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2009 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Torys LLP Office
  • 2009 Wood Design & Building Award - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2009 Wood Works! Awards - Koerner Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory
  • 2008 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Woodbridge Offices
  • 2008 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award, Finalist - Torys LLP Office
  • 2007 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) Achievement Award -
  • 2006 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Urban Design Award - Concordia University, ENCS/VA Integrated Complex
  • 2005 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 2005 Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Good Contemporary Design Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Winery of the Year, Wine Access Magazine - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Business Week/Architectural Record Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Good Design is Good Business Award, Ontario Association of Architects - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Interior Design Hospitality Award, Best Winery - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Wood Design & Building Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 1999 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 1998 City of Kitchener Urban Design Awards, Honorary Award of Distinction - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1997 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1996 Pan American Biennale, Honorable Mention - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1994 Governor General's Award - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1991 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
  • 1990 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1989 Winning scheme in an open national design competition - Kitchener City Hall