Marianne McKenna


Marianne McKenna is an invested Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2014, she was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Canada by Maclean’s magazine.

Marianne offers diverse experience in a range of project typologies, inclusive of spaces for higher education, workplace interiors, hospitality and master planning. She has completed projects for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, the University of Toronto, McGill University, Concordia University, Torys LLP, and Goldman Sachs. For the past 20 years, Marianne’s special focus has been the architecture of concert halls and how design is used to engage community. Projects include the Orchestra Hall Renewal for the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, including the renowned Koerner Hall. In 2011, Marianne was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory. Current projects include an expansion and renovation of iconic Massey Hall in Toronto and an expansion for The Brearley School in New York City.

Marianne was the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 2016 and sits on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx, a provincial agency charged with improving transportation in the Greater Toronto area. In June 2017, Marianne received her Honorary Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa) degree from Laurentian University.

Featured Projects

Boston University, Data Sciences Center
Boston, Massachusetts, 2022
Bloor Street United Church: 300 Bloor West
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
Massey Hall Renovation and Expansion
Toronto, Ontario, 2015 (Phase 1); 2020 (Phase 2)
Lloyd Hall Renovation, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, Alberta, 2018
The Globe and Mail Office Interiors and Corporate Event Space
Toronto, Ontario, 2017
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, 2017
Thornwood House
Toronto, Ontario, 2016
St. Michael’s Cathedral Block Master Plan
Toronto, Ontario, 2015
Torys LLP, Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, 2015
Orchestra Hall Renewal, Minnesota Orchestra
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2013
The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, 2012
Roy Thomson Hall (Wine Bar & Enhancement)
Toronto, Ontario, 2012 (Wine Bar); 2002 (Enhancement)
Conrad Hotel
New York City, New York, 2012
Torys LLP, Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, 2012
Le Quartier Concordia
Montreal, Quebec, 2011 (Guy-Métro Building Recladding); 2009 (John Molson School of Business); 2005 (Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts)
Rosedale Clubhouse Enhancement Feasibility Study
Toronto, Ontario, 2010
Branksome Hall Master Plan Update
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning / Koerner Hall
Toronto, Ontario, 2009
Torys LLP, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2008
CTV Executive Offices
Toronto, Ontario, 2008
St. Andrew’s College
Aurora, Ontario, 2003
McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre
Montreal, Quebec, 2003
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 2001
McKee Public School
North York, Ontario, 1998
Royal Conservatory, Ettore Mazzoleni Hall
Toronto, Ontario, 1997
Kitchener City Hall
Kitchener, Ontario, 1993