A founding partner of KPMB Architects, Shirley Blumberg is an invested 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 Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at the University of British Columbia, the Fort York Public Library in Toronto, the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus in Waterloo which received a RIBA Award in the UK, an AIA Award in the US, and a Governor General’s Award in Canada. She played a role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance as partner-in-charge of Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently she is the partner-in-charge of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the new Global Centre for Pluralism for His Highness the Aga Khan in Ottawa, 20 Washington Road for Princeton University as well as the new Campus Framework Plan at Princeton.
Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on design review panels for the Ontario College of Art and Design and the City of Toronto. She has been a guest critic and lecturer at universities across North America.