Shirley Blumberg

Partner, CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA

Shirley Blumberg, CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and 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. She studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and, after immigrating to Canada completed her education at the University of Toronto.

After working for Barton Myers Associates, she co-founded Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in 1987. At KPMB, she has designed many of the firm’s noteworthy and award-winning projects, including the Fort York Public Library, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus (CIGI), recipient of a Governor General’s Medal, an American Institute of Architects Honor Award and a Royal Institute of British Architects International Award. She was also the design partner for a major mixed-use academic and student residential complex, Ponderosa Hub, at the University of British Columbia, which opened in 2016. Recently completed projects she has led include the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada in Ottawa and the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and the Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, and the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.

Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of architecture.

Featured Projects

Landscape of Landmark Quality, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Toronto, Ontario, 2015 - Ongoing
11 Wellesley
Toronto, Ontario, 2018
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2018
Lawrence Heights
Toronto, Ontario, 2018
Remai Modern
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2017
Global Centre for Pluralism
Ottawa, Ontario, 2017
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, 2017
Ponderosa Commons, University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2016 (Phase 2); 2013 (Phase 1)
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, 2015
Library District Condominiums
Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Fort York Branch Library
Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Sugino Studio
Toronto, Ontario, 2013
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, 2013
150 Dan Leckie Way, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
Waterloo, Ontario, 2011
Vaughan City Hall
Vaughan, Ontario, 2011
Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Blvd)
Toronto, Ontario, 2011
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Toronto, Ontario, 2010
Block 24 E, Railway Lands West – Neo & Montage Condominiums
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
One Bedford Residential Development
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
SugarCube
Denver, Colorado, 2008
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Toronto, Ontario, 2008
Gardiner Museum
Toronto, Ontario, 2006
Canada’s National Ballet School, Project Grand Jeté
Toronto, Ontario, 2005
Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
Scarborough, Ontario, 2004
James Stewart Centre for Mathematics, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, 2003
Ammirati Puris Lintas
New York, New York, 1997
Bitnami