Shirley Blumberg is a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Her portfolio ranges from mixed-use developments to highly specialized cultural and academic institutions, many with a focus on revitalizing heritage contexts.
Shirley’s projects include the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University and the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, both winners of AIA Honor Awards. She was partner-in-charge of the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University and the design partner for UBC’s new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and Ponderosa Commons, a prototypical mixed-use campus development. She played a role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance as the partner-in-charge of Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Shirley is currently KPMB’s partner-in-charge for the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan as well as projects for Toronto Community Housing, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Toronto.
Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel. She also established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.