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.