Amanda Sebris is the Director of Business Development Strategy at KPMB Architects. She contributes over 30 years of experience supporting leading Canadian organizations in the fields of architecture, visual arts and design. She first joined KPMB in 1988 for a year-long work term as a receptionist before returning to complete her M.A. in Art History at the University of Toronto. She continued to work part-time for KPMB, and eventually became the firm’s first marketing coordinator. From 1997 to 2002, Amanda diversified her experience in the world of contemporary art and design, working for S.L. Simpson Gallery and then Bruce Mau Design.
Amanda returned to KPMB in 2003 to direct the firm’s first international monograph and stayed on to focus on business development and marketing initiatives. Between 2003 and 2013, she also provided consulting services to various individuals and organizations including Canadian artist James Lahey, Knoll Inc., and Scotiabank. For Scotiabank she shepherded CITIES: John Hartman on the occasion of Scotiabank’s 175th anniversary. From 2010 through 2013, she was consultant to co-founders Ed Burtynsky and Jane Nokes in establishing and administering the Scotiabank Photography Award, Canada’s “most prestigious annual peer-nominated and reviewed prize for lens-based art.”
With KPMB, as Director of Marketing from 2011-2021, Amanda guided and contributed strategically to both marketing and new business initiatives. Notable successful ‘wins’ include Kellogg School of Management’s Global Hub, the Pan/Parapan Athletes’ Village/Canary District , the CAMH Research Building, the UTM ACT Building (with Henning Larsen Architects), and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia design competition in 2020. She was made Director of Business Strategy in 2021 to focus on the ever-evolving world of competitive bids.
Amanda is Latvian-Canadian. She currently sits on the Board of the St. John’s Latvian Lutheran Church. Amanda has served as a volunteer for the Locksley Project under the direction of Sandra L. Simpson, a not-for-profit for targeted fundraising events for cultural and social causes. Since 2015, Amanda has been a student of the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in Toronto and a patron of the Art Canada Institute.