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Mentorship Monday with KPMB Architects

February 27, 2017
322 King Street West Toronto, ON M5V 1J2

BEAT is proud to announce that the upcoming session of Mentorship Mondays will be hosted by Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects on the evening of February 27, 2017. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship while supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession.


Shirley Blumberg

Partner, CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA

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.


Marianne McKenna


Marianne McKenna is an invested Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2013, she was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Canada by Maclean’s magazine.

Marianne offers diverse experience in a range of project typologies, inclusive of spaces for higher education, workplace interiors, hospitality and master planning. She has completed projects for the University of Toronto, McGill University, Concordia University, Torys LLP, and Goldman Sachs. For the past 20 years, Marianne’s special focus has been the architecture of concert halls and how design is used to engage community. Projects include the Orchestra Hall Renewal for the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, including the renowned Koerner Hall. In 2011, Marianne was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory. Current projects include an expansion and renovation of iconic Massey Hall, the Kellogg School of Management, the workplace strategy for The Globe and Mail offices, and an expansion for The Brearley School in New York City.

Marianne is the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture and sits on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx, a provincial agency charged with improving transportation in the Greater Toronto area.


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