Shirley Blumberg, AIA, CM, OAA, FRAIC, is a founding partner of KPMB Architects, in Toronto, and a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to architecture and community. She has designed many of KPMB's noteworthy and award-winning projects that range in scale, from interiors to architecture and planning.
In addition to her academic and cultural projects, she has also focused on social justice work in affordable housing. She is currently working on such projects as the competition-winning Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, an affordable residential community in Toronto, and prototypical housing for the northern Indigenous community of Fort Severn in Ontario, Canada.
Inspired by the Order of Canada’s recognition, Shirley began a conversation with like-minded colleagues that became Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), a grassroots initiative to promote equality for women and minorities in the profession. Today, BEAT chapters exist across Canada. Shirley has also led KPMB's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative, now a framework for policy and practice at her firm.