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KPMB Architects is an award winning, internationally recognized Canadian practice. It is notable for its unique hybrid form of architecture and practice, developed to respond to our multi-cultural, dynamically changing world. This is manifested in the diversity of the portfolio for culture, education, healthcare and paradigm shifting climate responsive design. Every project is conceived to support an essential belief in the power of architecture to influence civil and moral conditions. The firm comprises a deep pool of highly talented women and men who together form dynamic integrated design teams to ensure every design solution balances vision and pragmatism, environmentally responsible design and architectural excellence.

KPMB has over 250 awards, including from the American Institute of Architects, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Awards, the Urban Land Institute, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg are each recipients of the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture and society.

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

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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.