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When KPMB was founded in 1987, the ethnic and gender diversity of the partnership introduced an alternative hybrid studio model. This diversity remains one of its signature strengths, along with its commitment to architectural excellence.

Our work has been recognized with over 200 awards including from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Architectural Record (Good Design is Good Business Award for the past three years) and 14 Governor General’s Medals, Canada highest honour for architecture. The founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, are all recipients of the Order of Canada for their contributions to enriching the cultural and social fabric of our cities and communities.

The work of the practice from 2004-2014 is published by Birkhäuser; click here to view a partial digital copy.

Our approach prioritizes integrated design thinking, and the making of architecture of the highest quality in a manner that supports everything our clients wish to achieve - socially, functionally, financially, aesthetically, and environmentally.

Cultural work includes:

Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Ontario, Stage III Expansion, Toronto
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto
Design Exchange, Toronto
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto
Orchestra Hall Renewal, Minnesota Orchestra
Power Plant Art Gallery, Toronto
Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan

Royal Conservatory, Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival, Bell Lightbox

For a visual overview please click here.

Current academic work includes:

The Brearley School, New York City
Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
University of Pennsylvania (Ronald O. Perelmen Center for Political Science and Economics)
Princeton University (20 Washington Road for and is part of the team working the Campus Framework Plan)
Smith College (Alumnae House)
University of Lethbridge, Destination Project
University of British Columbia, Ponderosa Commons
Yale University (Hendrie Hall and the Adams Center for Musical Arts)

For a visual overview please click here.

The diversification of the practice is also demonstrated by projects in healthcare, urban development, and high performance sustainability design. Recently Bridgepoint Health, a new model for preventative care, received the 2015 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award and Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg continues to reign as one of the world’s 10 most sustainable buildings.