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Shirley Blumberg
CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, Founding Partner
sblumberg@kpmbarchitects.com

Shirley Blumberg is a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Her portfolio ranges from mixed-use developments to highly specialized cultural and academic institutions, many with a focus on revitalizing heritage contexts.

Shirley’s projects include the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University and the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, both winners of AIA Honor Awards. She played a role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance as the partner-in-charge of Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Shirley is currently KPMB’s partner-in-charge for the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, Toronto Community Housing, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. She was the design partner for UBC’s new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and Ponderosa Commons a prototypical mixed-use campus development.

Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel. She also established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.

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Selected Awards

  • 2017 Civic Trust Award - Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC
  • 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF), Finalist - Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC
  • 2016 OLA New Library Building Award - Fort York Branch Library
  • 2016 The American Architecture Prize - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2016 Civic Trust Award - Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC
  • 2016 Urban Development Institute, Pacific Region - Institutional Category - Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC
  • 2016 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award, Finalist - Ponderosa Commons, UBC
  • 2015 Ontario Association Of Architects Design Excellence – Honourable Mention - Fort York Branch Library
  • 2015 Green Good Design Award - Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
  • 2015 Library Journal: New Landmark Libraries – Honourable Mention - Fort York Branch Library
  • 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2014 Governor General's Award - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2013 Architectural Record, Good Design is Good Business Award - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2013 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 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 The Royal Institute of British Architects International Awards - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2012 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2012 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 Ontario Concrete Award - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF), Finalist - Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus
  • 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF), Finalist - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 City of Vaughan Urban Design Award - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2012 AZ Award - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2011 Pug Awards, Best in Show - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
  • 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 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 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 Royal Architectural Institute of Canad, National Urban Design Award - Canada's National Ballet School (Project Grand Jeté, Stage 1: The Jarvis Street Campus)
  • 2008 The Royal Institute of British Architects International Awards - Gardiner Museum
  • 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
  • 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 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)
  • 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 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 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
  • 2004 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Vaughan City Hall
  • 2003 Winning Scheme, Invited Design Competition - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • 1998 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards, Honourable Mention - Ammirati Puris Lintas
  • 1998 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Ammirati Puris Lintas

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