Bruce Kuwabara - 2020 Architecture & Design Film Festival - Washington D.C

“This evolution will allow us to embrace a new future while maintaining and elevating the creative and intellectual vibrancy of our firm.”

Bruce Kuwabara

Founding Partner, O.C., OAA, FRAIC, AIA, RIBA

“This evolution will allow us to embrace a new future while maintaining and elevating the creative and intellectual vibrancy of our firm.”

Bruce Kuwabara is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and the Chair of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. In 2006, he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal and in 2012 he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for shaping ‘our built landscape in lasting ways.’ Bruce was lead design partner on 13 of KPMB’s 16 Governor General’s Award-winning projects.

His portfolio encompasses cultural, civic, educational, hospitality, and healthcare projects. Notable cultural work includes Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and the Remai Modern art gallery in Saskatoon. Educational projects include the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, and the Destination Project at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Bruce has long advocated the integration of performance and aesthetics. He led teams for the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Working on an integrated design team he designed Manitoba Hydro Place which is a global exemplar for high-performance, low-energy building design. He has worked on four Leed-Platinum projects: Manitoba Hydro Place, the office building of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, Bay Adelaide East Tower, and the Kellogg School of Management.

Bruce leads interdisciplinary design teams to deliver large-scale neighbourhood projects. This work includes the Athlete’s Village for the Pan/Parapan Games in 2015 which is now the Canary District in Toronto and the Pier 8 waterfront development in Hamilton.

Current clients include the Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery (Expansion and Renovation of the 1967 Centennial Planetarium), Boston University (Center for Computing and Data Sciences), Brookfield (Bay-Adelaide Centre North Tower), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS).

A strong advocate of Canadian architecture and architects, Bruce serves as a critic and guest lecturer at universities across North America.

Featured Projects

Downsview Framework Plan
Toronto, Ontario, 2020 (ongoing)
CAMH Research Centre
Toronto, Ontario, 2027
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2024
Contemporary Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, 2023
Landscape of Landmark Quality, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2023
Boston University, Center for Computing & Data Sciences
Boston, Massachusetts, 2022
Park Hyatt, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, 2021
NY Hudson Yards
New York, New York, 2020
11 Wellesley
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
Canary Block Condos (Block 16)
Toronto, Ontario, 2020
Isttaniokaksini / Science Commons at University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, 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 (Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science)
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
Grand Valley Institution for Women
Kitchener, Ontario, 1996
Design Exchange
Toronto, Ontario, 1994
Kitchener City Hall
Kitchener, Ontario, 1993
Reisman-Jenkinson Residence
Richmond Hill, Ontario, 1991