George Baird Lecture: Evolving Influence


Main Hall, Daniels Building

Join acclaimed Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara as he discusses the influence of professor emeritus and former Daniels Faculty dean George Baird (by whom he was taught and for whom he once worked) on his approach to architecture and the public realm and on how it has informed the practice and work of KPMB Architects, the firm Kuwabara co-founded in the 1980s. In his lecture, Kuwabara will present KPMB buildings and projects that demonstrate how architecture contributes to the formation and vibrancy of the city while addressing the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change, affordability, mental health and reconciliation.

Bruce Kuwabara acquired his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto in 1972, is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. As co-founder of KPMB, he has worked on a wide array of acclaimed projects, including the National Ballet School in Toronto and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon. In 2006, he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal. In 2012, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for “shaping our built landscape in lasting ways.”

Portrait by Karri North