Mitchell (Mitch) Hall, Principal of KPMB, is recognized for his passion and commitment to architecture as a vehicle for improving the human condition. He believes that architects in our time must offer agency – acting in the best interests of people and place – to help make a better world. He has continuously challenged existing paradigms to create buildings and spaces that actively promote wellness, cultivate community building, and address the pressing challenges of our time, from climate change to population growth.
Joining KPMB in the formative years of the practice, Mitch worked on seminal Governor General award-winning projects such as Woodsworth College and Kitchener City Hall. He is notable for his diverse design and leadership experience, directing interdisciplinary teams to deliver large, complex projects in the sectors of culture, hospitality, education, healthcare and science. In the realm of science and healthcare, his experience includes the Montreal McGill University Génome Québec Innovation Centre*, Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus for Health Sciences*, and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare*. Recently completed work includes the Destination Project* for The University of Lethbridge, a purpose-built facility for transdisciplinary science. Highlights in cultural and hospitality sectors include the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery (2000), Canada’s National Ballet School* (2005), the Ottawa Art Gallery* (2018) and Assiniboine Park* (2020) in Winnipeg.
As an advocate of architectural excellence, Mitch has navigated complex programs and approvals to successfully realize the ambitions and aspirations of clients, within the constraints of budget and time. For example, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare* has earned over 25 awards including the 2016 Governor General’s Medal and Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business Award. Completed within Infrastructure Ontario’s rigorous PDC/DBFM process and in parallel to the first major pre- and post-occupancy study, the project has been recognized as a model for the impact of design quality on health outcomes. The Ottawa Art Gallery, a significant component of the Arts Court Development in Ottawa and the first visual arts P3 in North America, has exceeded expectations with 350,000+ visitors in its first year.
*indicates project was completed as a joint venture or association