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Graham Baxter

Principal, OAA, LEED AP, MRAIC

Graham Baxter’s readiness to take on any challenge at hand, his ability to seamlessly coordinate various aspects of a project, his skill in integrating client requirements with consultant expertise, and his proficiency in translating abstract concepts into tangible, buildable structures make him an invaluable asset to the KPMB team. 

An experienced communicator, he is adept in executing client needs from a project’s conception to its completion and aligning the result with the design intent. He efficiently navigates interactions with clients, consultants, and team members, asking the right questions to glean valuable insights and perspectives. He values collaboration and actively listens to diverse viewpoints, recognizing that it leads to more innovative solutions and successful outcomes. 

Graham enjoys projects that are complex, sustainable, and socially responsible. He believes that good architecture should give back to its community and positively impact people’s lives. His work with the firm includes the 45-storey LEED Platinum Bay Adelaide East Tower in Toronto, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the revitalization and expansion of the historic Massey Hall/Allied Music Centre in Toronto. 

Graham’s strengths were crucial to the success of The Massey Hall Revitalization Project. A decade-long project, it included renovations to the iconic hall along with the addition of dedicated spaces for artistic development, music education, and community outreach, like the TD Music Hall and Deane Cameron Recording Studio in the new Allied Music Centre. 

Currently, he is serving as a project director on the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) expansion in Calgary. The first phase of the transformation of Calgary’s largest arts centre, ACT expansion will add a new building with a 1,000-seat theatre and 200-seat studio theatre to the Arts Commons campus. 

Graham is also involved in the architecture community in the city and has led multiple tours of projects, including a tour of Massey Hall with the Toronto Society of Architects. 

“Listening to and understanding different perspectives is what enriches our creativity and innovation. There’s always something new to learn about how architecture can impact people’s lives.”