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“Informed by the context, the program and the client’s aspirations (and budget), our work aims to be engaging, sustainable, inspiring and enduring.”

Kael Opie

Principal, LEED AP

“Informed by the context, the program and the client’s aspirations (and budget), our work aims to be engaging, sustainable, inspiring and enduring.”

A Principal at KPMB, Kael brings expertise in advanced building technologies and in-depth experience in the integration of energy efficiency and cutting-edge sustainable strategies into building design.

Working holistically, and always beginning from a ‘first principles‘ perspective, Kael strives to synthesize site, climate, programmatic elements, and client aspirations into a unified and synergistic whole. Within each project lies a unique set of problems to be solved, and hiding within those solutions is a unique set of opportunities.

Employing this integrative process, Kael brings the focus of the entire Design Team, including the client, into the service of advancing the best possible design solution.

Kael was the project architect for the first LEED Platinum-certified commercial project in the Toronto area: the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Kael also served as a project architect for Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, a 695,000-SF office tower that consistently achieves 70%+/- energy reduction, and remains today one of the most energy-efficient towers in the world. He was the associate-in-charge of the Destination Project at the University of Lethbridge, a new science and academic building, which is the product of an integrated sustainable design strategy to outperform baseline typologies, including a roughly 40% energy reduction.

Recently, Kael served as a Project Architect for the groundbreaking CAMH Research building, merging cutting-edge lab design and mass timber construction with an advanced active double-facade system. He is currently working on the Arts Culture and Technology building at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

Kael believes that the power of architecture holds both immense promise and responsibility and that we collectively need to shape our buildings to realize the future we see for ourselves.

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