KPMB is one of Canada’s premier architecture studios. Founded by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, KPMB has formed an alternative model to either the sole practitioner or the large corporate firm, based on intensive, collaborative, integrated team work.
The office and its portfolio of work have grown in terms of diversity and quality, enabling it to attract exceptional clients across Canada, the United States and Europe. Regardless of scale, every project of architecture is conceived as a contextual response, to both site and a client’s strategic vision.
KPMB has had the privilege to work with many of North America’s leading academic institutions, including Yale University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, McGill University, Queen’s University, Concordia University and the University of British Columbia. Currently, KPMB is creating architecture for Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
To orchestrate the complexity of the contemporary building industry with goals for architectural excellence, sustainable design and cost effectiveness, KPMB prioritizes an integrated, collaborative design process. Manitoba Hydro Place (2009) has achieved 66%+ energy savings and is on target for LEED Platinum. The firm is currently working on a series of LEED Platinum and Gold projects, including the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario which will be the greenest building in Toronto.
The firm is also the architect for the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the Orchestra Hall Renewal and Expansion for the Minnesota Orchestra and the recently completed Vaughan City Hall and Canadian Museum of Nature.
KPMB’s projects have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Athenaeum, Business Week/Architectural Record, the North American and Global chapters of the Urban Land Institute, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the Royal Institute of British Architects, among others.