David Constable

Principal, OAA, LEED AP, CPHD

David Constable is a Principal of KPMB Architects. He joined KPMB in 2006, bringing international experience working on projects in California and Ireland. Since then, David has led a series of complex projects across the sectors of culture, education, and residential development, as well as corporate workplace strategy. His design and project management approach prioritizes the integration of low-carbon solutions with high standards of design excellence and functionality.

The diversity of David’s experience includes projects in New York for Goldman Sachs and The Brearley School, and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In Toronto, his work includes projects for The Globe and Mail, The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Maple Leaf Square. Since 2015, as the principal-in-charge of The Brearley School, an independent school for girls in Manhattan, David has been providing leadership to prepare for a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. Phase One, a purpose-built vertical school (2019) is tracking LEED gold, and Phase Two, a deep retrofit of the existing school, is underway.

In parallel to the project work, David has advanced KPMB’s expertise in the integration of sustainable design and engineering strategies to help reverse the effect of the building industry on climate change. David serves as a leading member of KPMB Lab, the firm’s research and innovation arm, and he became a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) in 2019. He is currently collaborating with the University of Toronto to research the impacts of embodied carbon in cities.

David lectures at conferences focused on evolving the profession of architecture to adapt to the rapid pace of changing technologies and the impacts of climate change.

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