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Bruce Kuwabara
OC, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, RIBA, Founding Partner
bkuwabara@kpmbarchitects.com

Bruce Kuwabara is one of Canada's leading architects. He is the recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal (2006) and in 2012 was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for shaping ‘our built landscape in lasting ways.’

A founding partner of KPMB Architects, he has earned public and critical admiration for projects of national significance such as Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival, and Manitoba Hydro Place. Also committed to raising the profile of Canadian architecture, he has taught at the University of Toronto and Harvard University and acts as an advocate for excellence in architecture, urbanism and sustainable design.

His current projects include the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the home for the Departments of Economics and International Initiatives at Princeton University, the new Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the Athletes' Village for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and the Center for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Boston University.

Born in Hamilton, Bruce Kuwabara is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is the first Chair of Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel, and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

Selected Projects

Education and Professional Memberships

Education

1972 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Toronto

Professional Memberships

2007 Charter Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
2006 Member, American Institute of Architects
2005 Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
1997 Registered Architect, Pennsylvania
1997 Registered Architect, New York
1996 Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1993 Associate American Institute of Architects
1990 Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1988 Member, NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
1986 Member, Ontario Association of Architects
1986 Member, Toronto Society of Architects

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Selected Awards

  • 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2014 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2014 Ontario Association of Architects Sustainable Design Excellence Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2014 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
  • 2014 Governor General's Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2014 Governor General's Award - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2014 Architectural Record, Good Design is Good Business Award - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture - George Brown College, Waterfront Campus
  • 2013 Architizer A+ Awards - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Toronto Construction Association, “Best of the Best” awards - George Brown College, Waterfront Campus
  • 2013 Pug Awards, Honourable Mention - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award - George Brown College, Waterfront Campus
  • 2013 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2013 CUI Brownie Award, Best Overall Project - Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village / Canary District
  • 2013 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Green Dot Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2012 Governor General's Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2012 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 Ontario Concrete Award - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF), Finalist - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village / Canary District
  • 2012 City of Vaughan Urban Design Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 AZ Award - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2012 Green Good Design Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2011 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Canadian Museum of Nature
  • 2011 RAIC Innovation in Architecture - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2011 Pug Awards, Best in Show - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2011 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Canadian Museum of Nature
  • 2011 Toronto Urban Design Award - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
  • 2010 American Institute of Architects, Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design - Ryerson University Master Plan
  • 2010 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2010 Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine Award, Project Winner - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2010 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Urban Design Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2009 American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education, Educational Facility Design Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2009 Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building Award - Americas - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2009 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2009 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2009 Archdaily Building of the Year - Category: Offices - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2008 Governor General's Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2008 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2008 RAIC National Urban Design Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2008 RIBA International Awards - Gardiner Museum
  • 2008 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Woodbridge Offices
  • 2008 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Gardiner Museum
  • 2008 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2008 Rocky Mountain Commercial Real Estate/DU School of Real Estate Project of the Year - SugarCube
  • 2008 International Building Skin-tech (IBS) Award, Highly Commended - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2008 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
  • 2007 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2007 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) Achievement Award -
  • 2007 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Gardiner Museum
  • 2007 Business Week/Architectural Record Award - Gardiner Museum
  • 2007 Toronto Urban Design Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2006 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
  • 2006 American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education, Educational Facility Design Award - Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
  • 2006 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2006 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
  • 2006 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Urban Design Award - Concordia University, ENCS/VA Integrated Complex
  • 2006 MIPIM Architectural Review Awards - Commended for Innovation - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2006 Home Builders Awards, Best Building Design - Block 24 E, Railway Lands West (NEO & Montage)
  • 2006 Home Builders Awards, Best Building Design - Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Blvd)
  • 2006 Pug Awards, Best in Show - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2006 Heritage Toronto Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2006 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Manitoba Hydro Place
  • 2005 Hamilton Urban Design Awards, Project Winner - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2005 National Post Design Exchange Awards, Finalist - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2005 Group Best Practices Award, Real Property Institute of Canada - Canadian Embassy Berlin
  • 2005 American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education, Educational Facility Design Award - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2005 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Outstanding Interior - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2005 City of Vaughan Urban Design Awards, Project Winner -
  • 2005 Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Good Contemporary Design Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2005 City of Vaughan Urban Design Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2004 Ontario Concrete Awards – Cast-in-Place Concrete – Architectural Merit Award - Centennial College Applied Research and Innovation Centre
  • 2004 Governor General's Award - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2004 Architectural Record, Record Interiors Award - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2004 Architecture Magazine, Home of the Year Award - Ravine House
  • 2004 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence -
  • 2004 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2004 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2003 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Winery of the Year, Wine Access Magazine - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Business Week/Architectural Record Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Ravine House
  • 2003 Good Design is Good Business Award, Ontario Association of Architects - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2003 Winning Scheme, Invited Design Competition - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2002 Winning scheme in a national design competition - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2002 Interior Design Hospitality Award, Best Winery - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Governor General's Award - Richmond City Hall
  • 2002 Wood Design & Building Award - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 2002 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Star Alliance Lounge, Zurich
  • 2001 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Merit Award - Richmond City Hall
  • 2001 International Illumination Design Award - Richmond City Hall
  • 1999 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
  • 1998 Canadian Architect Award of Merit - Richmond City Hall
  • 1998 City of Kitchener Urban Design Awards, Honorary Award of Distinction - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1998 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards, Honourable Mention - Ammirati Puris Lintas
  • 1998 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Ammirati Puris Lintas
  • 1997 Governor General's Award of Merit - Design Exchange
  • 1997 Ontario Association of Architects Award, Honourable Mention - Design Exchange
  • 1997 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1996 Pan American Biennale, Honorable Mention - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1995 Architectural Record, Record Interiors Award - Design Exchange
  • 1995 Toronto Historical Board, Certificate of Commendation - Design Exchange
  • 1994 Governor General's Award - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1994 Governor General's Award - Reisman-Jenkinson Residence
  • 1990 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Kitchener City Hall
  • 1990 Millimeter Magazine Award - Dome Productions at the Skydome
  • 1989 Winning scheme in an open national design competition - Kitchener City Hall

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