OC, OAA, OAQ, FRAIC, AIA, Founding Partner
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 is currently the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. 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
Education1976 Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Master of Architecture
1972 Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Art History
Professional Memberships1999 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
Institute for Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Board of Directors