Mitchell (Mitch) Hall is recognized for his passion and commitment to architecture as a vehicle for improving the human condition. He believes that architects must offer agency – acting in the best interests of people and place – to help make a better world. He challenges existing paradigms to create buildings and spaces that actively promote wellness, cultivate community building, and address the pressing challenges of our time, from climate change to population growth.
Joining KPMB in the formative years of the practice, Mitch worked on seminal Governor General award-winning projects such as Woodsworth College and Kitchener City Hall. He is notable for his diverse design and leadership experience, directing interdisciplinary teams to deliver large, complex projects in the sectors of culture, hospitality, and education.
In the realm of science and healthcare, his experience includes the McGill University Génome Québec Innovation Centre in Montreal; the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo; George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus for Health Sciences; Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital; and Isttaniokaksini / Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge, a purpose-built facility for transdisciplinary science.
Highlights from the cultural and hospitality sectors include the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery (2000), Canada’s National Ballet School (2005), the Ottawa Art Gallery (2018), and Assiniboine Park (2020) in Winnipeg.
As an advocate of architectural excellence, Mitch has navigated complex programs and approvals to successfully realize the ambitions and aspirations of clients, within the constraints of budget and time. For example, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital has earned over 25 awards including the 2016 Governor General’s Medal. Completed within Infrastructure Ontario’s rigorous PDC/DBFM process, the project has been recognized as a model for the impact of design quality on health outcomes.
Mitch’s engagement in architecture extends to lectures and student reviews at universities as well as serving on the Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel (Chairman) and the Design Colloquium (past Advisory Board member).
“It’s important to be critical in our thinking, to challenge each other and the way things are – and to look for ways to make them better.”