People
Chris Couse
OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal
ccouse@kpmbarchitects.com
Chris Couse has played a senior role at KPMB since the studio’s formation in 1987. He contributes an ability to manage complex projects and processes on institutional, cultural, and commercial projects. His portfolio includes leadership roles on performing arts projects throughout North America, for the Minnesota Orchestra, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the National Ballet of Canada, Stratford Theatre, Yale School of Music and Banff Centre for Art and Creativity. Many of these and other projects involved the renovation and expansion of heritage structures, including his current project renovating the historic Alumnae House on the Smith College campus. Chris also has experience overseeing the design and delivery of urban office projects, including two LEED Gold towers for Toronto’s Southcore Financial Centre.

Education and Professional Memberships

Education

1982 B. Arch., University Medalist, Carleton University

Professional Memberships

2004 LEED Registered Professional
1992 Member, Ontario Association of Architects

Selected Awards

  • 2013 CivicAction Race to Reduce Awards - Southcore Financial Centre
  • 2007 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Architecture Honor Award - Young Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 2007 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Young Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 2007 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - 180 Queen St. West
  • 2007 Business Week/Architectural Record Award - Young Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 2006 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Young Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 2006 NAIOP Real Estate Excellence (REX) Award - 180 Queen St. West
  • 2005 Hamilton Urban Design Awards, Project Winner - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2005 National Post Design Exchange Awards, Finalist - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2004 United States Institute for Theater Technology Architecture Award of Merit - Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale University
  • 2003 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner - Roy Thomson Hall Enhancement Project
  • 2002 Winning scheme in a national design competition - Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2002 GE Edison Award for Exceptional Lighting, Award of Merit - Roy Thomson Hall Enhancement Project
  • 2001 City of Kingston Livable City Design Award - Joseph S. Stauffer Library and Computing Centre
  • 1997 Governor General's Award of Merit - Joseph S. Stauffer Library and Computing Centre
  • 1990 Winning Scheme, National Design Competition - Joseph S. Stauffer Library and Computing Centre

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