David Jesson
OAA, Senior Associate

Studied at Carleton University in Ottawa. Bachelor of Architecture (1990).

Jesson joined KPMB Architects in 1990 and has contributed design, management and production leadership for a diverse range of institutional and corporate projects.

He has been a significant collaborator on many of the firm’s major cultural and academic commissions, which have involved strategic architectural interventions to existing structures. These projects include the transformation of Toronto’s heritage Stock Exchange into the Design Exchange, an exhibition and event space for design, the renovations to the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts (now the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts), and the Roy Thomson Hall Enhancement project for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He was also the associate-in-charge of the Walgreen Drama Center and Arthur Miller Theatre at the University of Michigan, and is currently the associate-in-charge of 20 Washington Road, the adaptive reuse of Princeton University’s former Frick Chemistry building into the new home for Economics and International Initiatives.

Jesson has directed a series of corporate architectural interiors projects for clients in New York and Toronto. These include the advertising offices of Ammirati Puris Lintas in New York, the New York Executive Offices for a financial investment company, and the corporate office fit-up for Gluskin Sheff & Associates in Toronto’s Financial District.

Jesson was made an Associate in 1998 and a Senior Associate in 2011.

Education and Professional Memberships


1990 B. Arch., Carleton University
1984 B.L.Arch., University of Toronto

Professional Memberships

1997 Member, Ontario Association of Architects


Selected Awards

  • 2004 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - BlackRock Lounge, Roy Thomson Hall
  • 2003 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Roy Thomson Hall Enhancement Project
  • 2002 GE Edison Award for Exceptional Lighting, Award of Merit - Roy Thomson Hall Enhancement Project
  • 2001 Interior Design, Hospitality Awards, Best Renovation - Hilton Toronto
  • 2001 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Hilton Toronto
  • 2001 Ontario Association of Architects Award, Honourable Mention - Hilton Toronto
  • 2000 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Hilton Toronto
  • 1998 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards, Honourable Mention - Ammirati Puris Lintas
  • 1998 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award - Ammirati Puris Lintas