Founding partner Bruce Kuwabara of renowned Toronto firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) speaks Tuesday, January 22 at the Daniels Faculty about the role of architecture in thinking about the city, its formation, and its future.

KPMB, Rotman School of Management, TorontoRotman School of Management, stitched image by Craig White

Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012, the architect presents an overview of KPMB's completed and current projects, an extensive portfolio of work that has challenged the standards of Canadian architecture and urbanism.

Kuwabara has contributed to many facets of the design community throughout his career, including serving as design critic at the Daniels Faculty (his alma mater), as member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and first Chair of Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel.

KPMB, Canary District, Toronto

Canary District (Pan American games), image courtesy of Dundee Kilmer

The award-winning firm, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last November, is responsible for such cultural icons in Toronto as the Gardiner Museum, National Ballet School, Royal Conservatory of Music, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Current projects include the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan; the Departments of Economics and International Initiatives at Princeton University; the new Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation in Ottawa; and, the Athletes' Village for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

KPMB, National Ballet School of Canada, TorontoCanada's National Ballet School, image by Tom Arban

The lecture is free and open to the public. It takes place on Tuesday, January 22 from 6:30 PM until 8 PM in Room 103 at 230 College Street. For more information, see John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.