The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Kuwabara as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Bruce Kuwabara has been an active member of the CCA Board since 2007 and is a founding partner of KPMB Architects. He assumed the Chair’s position on December 4, succeeding Phyllis Lambert, CCA’s Founding Director.
“Under the leadership of Phyllis Lambert the CCA has made an invaluable contribution to the local and international architecture community, and to society at large. The CCA is recognized as a unique international research centre and museum,” said Pierre-André Themens, Vice-Chair of CCA Board of Trustees.
Kuwabara is known for his commitment to architectural excellence, city building and the making of vibrant public spaces. He has contributed to Canadian architecture with such projects as Le Quartier Concordia for Concordia University in Montreal; Canada’s National Ballet School; the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation; and the Canadian Museum of Nature. His current international projects include the new Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania; and the home for the Departments of Economics and International Initiatives at Princeton University. In 2012 he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for shaping “our built landscape in lasting ways.”
“I would like to thank CCA Board members for the trust they invested in me to continue this work and bring this mandate to fruition” said Kuwabara.
Phyllis Lambert decided to step down, leaving the Chair’s position in the capable hands of Bruce Kuwabara. She felt that she had accomplished the many goals she had set for the CCA, realizing the institution has now reached a highly regarded level of maturity.
Since it opened its doors to the public in 1989, the CCA has become an international institution that promotes public understanding, widening thought and debate on architecture and its role in society.
“I am confident that Bruce Kuwabara will make a significant contribution to the CCA. He has amply proven his ability to guide the CCA into the future,” commented Phyllis Lambert.
As Founding Director Emeritus, Phyllis Lambert will remain a member of the Board of Trustees and maintain her keen involvement in CCA and her many endeavors in the Montreal community.
Mirko Zardini, Director and Chief Curator of CCA declared, “Over the past seven years, I’ve been most privileged to work with Phyllis Lambert in developing the mission of the CCA and strengthening its influence. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to continue to work with her and with Bruce Kuwabara in their new roles.”