Brigitte Shim is a principal in Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and she is a committed educator in the field of architecture. Shim, along with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe formed their architectural design practice in 1994 reflecting their shared interest and passion for the integration and interrelated scaled of architecture, landscape and interiors. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s medals and awards for architecture and a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects along with many other professional accolades for their built work.
Brigitte Shim has taught design studios and courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, since 1988. She was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture in 2014, 2010 and 2005 and the William B. and Charlotte Sheperd Davenport Visiting Chair and the Visiting Bicentennial Professor in Canadian Studies in 2001. Shim and Sutcliffe held the 2014 Auckland University National Institute for Creative Arts, School of Architecture and Planning Visiting Professorship and Distinguished Visitor’s Award in 2014. She has also been an international visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and others.
In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the order of Canada, “for their contribution as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world, “along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.