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“Our challenge is to understand today’s critical issues and evolve our practice so we can continue to lead with solutions. We founded KPMB Lab to do exactly that.”

Geoffrey Turnbull

Director of Innovation, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, CPHD

“Our challenge is to understand today’s critical issues and evolve our practice so we can continue to lead with solutions. We founded KPMB Lab to do exactly that.”

As Director of Innovation, Geoffrey leverages a broad background in design, business, film and computation to champion an evidenced-based, holistic approach to design and sustainability. Dedicated to creating beautiful and high-performance projects, Geoffrey brings extensive research in sustainable design and technology to each project, collaborating with teams across the office and stakeholders to lead KPMB’s efforts on innovation and sustainability.

As a Project Architect, Geoffrey brings comprehensive experience developing customized, site-specific sustainable design strategies. He has worked on all phases of design and construction for many projects, including the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario headquarters, Toronto’s first LEED Platinum-certified building. Prioritizing passive strategies, the building features 100% fresh air displacement ventilation, operable windows, radiant ceilings for heating and cooling paired with a geothermal field, and automated exterior window shades, all working together to produce a high-quality indoor environment and achieve significant energy reductions. He served as project architect for the recently completed Wilson School of Design for Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a LEED Platinum-targeted building that integrates an innovative hybrid mass timber structure with passive ventilation strategies. In 2021, he collaborated on a strategy for an existing office building in downtown Toronto that sees the existing tower revitalized as fully electrified and net-zero carbon, with an adjacent new-build residential tower designed to achieve Passive House certification.

As leader of KPMB LAB, Geoffrey spearheads and collaborates on research projects and speculative design proposals to integrate new ideas and skills into the firm’s architectural projects, ensuring we tackle today’s major challenges innovatively to create a healthier, more enjoyable built environment. His research includes the development of quantitative analysis capabilities to understand the impacts of architectural design on building performance, with a specific focus on the health, wellness and productivity of building occupants. Geoffrey is also interested in strategies to decarbonize building projects at KPMB as well as new approaches to construction required to produce high-performance buildings. Geoffrey sits on the Sustainable Built Environment Committee at the Ontario Association of Architects, previously served as the co-chair of Facades+ Toronto, has had his work published in peer-reviewed journals, and lectures broadly.