Bruce Kuwabara


Bruce Kuwabara is an influential practitioner and advocate of architectural excellence with expertise creating and communicating compelling design visions that catalyze stakeholders and the wider community. His unwavering belief in the power of architecture to implement social and civic change and maximize cultural, environmental and economic potential has earned him an Officer of the Order of Canada, the RAIC Gold Medal and the Ontario Association of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.

Exemplary projects include the LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. Recent completed works include the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, is a member of the Design Review Committee for the University of Toronto, and is the former chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. In fall 2016, Bruce was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa) degree from McMaster University.

Featured Projects

Boston University, Center for Computing & Data Sciences
Boston, Massachusetts, 2022
Park Hyatt, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
Destination Project – Science & Academic Building at University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, 2019
Landscape of Landmark Quality, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
11 Wellesley
Toronto, Ontario, 2019
Pier 8
Hamilton, Ontario, 2018 winning design competition submission
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2018
Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond, British Columbia, 2018
Remai Modern
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2017
Global Centre for Pluralism
Ottawa, Ontario, 2017
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, 2017
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, 2017
Bay Adelaide East Tower and Podium
Toronto, Ontario, 2016
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Toronto, Ontario, 2015 winning design competition submission
St. Michael’s Cathedral Block Master Plan
Toronto, Ontario, 2015
2015 PanAm/Parapan Games Athletes’ Village | Canary District
Toronto, Ontario, 2015
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Toronto, Ontario, 2013
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, 2013
Orchestra Hall Renewal, Minnesota Orchestra
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2013
The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2012
George Brown College, Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
Waterloo, Ontario, 2011
Vaughan City Hall
Vaughan, Ontario, 2011
Gluskin Sheff & Associates
Toronto, Ontario, 2011
The Power Plant Gallery – Refresh
Toronto, Ontario, 2011
Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Blvd)
Toronto, Ontario, 2011
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Toronto, Ontario, 2010
Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario, 2010
Manitoba Hydro Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2009
Block 24 E, Railway Lands West – Neo & Montage Condominiums
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
Le Quartier Concordia
Montreal, Quebec, 2011 (Guy-Métro Building Recladding); 2009 (John Molson School of Business); 2005 (Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts)
One Bedford Residential Development
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
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
Canadian Embassy Berlin
Berlin, Germany, 2005
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario, 2005
Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
Scarborough, Ontario, 2004
James Stewart Centre for Mathematics, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, 2003
Ravine House
Toronto, Ontario, 2002
Star Alliance Lounge
Zürich, Switzerland, 2001
Richmond City Hall
Richmond, British Columbia, 2000
Goodman Theatre
Chicago, Illinois, 2000
McKee Public School
North York, Ontario, 1998
Ammirati Puris Lintas
New York, New York, 1997
Design Exchange
Toronto, Ontario, 1994
Kitchener City Hall
Kitchener, Ontario, 1993