“Working with Kearns Mancini Architects has been an unmitigated joy. Their creative imagination, professionalism and goodwill made for a harmonious working relationship the results of which I get to enjoy every day.”
Dr Gerd Hauck, Director of the REAL Institute
Jonathan M. Kearns
Jonathan Kearns is a Director and Founding Principal of Kearns Mancini Architects Inc (KMAI). Born in Ireland, he graduated from the National University School of Architecture in 1974. As the firm’s creative leader, Jonathan has led the firm’s major institutional, community, and award-winning projects including the Fort York Visitor’s Centre, Senator O’Connor Estate and Coach House, and Ireland Park.
In addition to his strong leadership and motivational skills, Jonathan approaches each project with a holistic vision that embraces social, cultural, contextual, functional, economic, and political realities. This allows him to deliver results that are an enlightened architectural form with remarkable attention to detail. Jonathan is also a passionate advocate of the Passive House Standard, the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction, as well as architecture that integrates seamlessly with its surroundings.
Donna Eng is an associate of Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI) and has been with the firm for over 20 years. Donna’s has a wide range of experience but possesses particular expertise in corporate workspace and retail banking. In 2011, KMAI was appointed Chief Consultant for the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Donna as lead architect. She oversees all aspects of the design and construction of the BMO’s retail bank branches and corporate workspaces. Donna’s talent has allowed her to be immensely successful in executing a cohesive design vision on a project with such varied requirements and unique challenges.
Peter Ng joined Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI) after graduating from the University of Toronto and has been with the firm for over 30 years. He has acted as design project architect for several of the firms major and award-winning projects. Peter’s holistic design approach allows him to develop creative and innovative ways to resolve client programming needs through unique architectural expression. Always sensitive to a project’s surrounding environment, Peter believes in designs which are responsive to site context and which provide an interesting counterpoint between existing and new in the most complimentary manner.
COO, Director of Passive House Design
When Deborah Byrne joined Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI), she brought with her 15 years of experience in structural engineering, project and construction management, Passive House design and construction, and energy efficient design. She is a resolute problem solver with a broad range of experience and her understanding of building physics makes it possible for her to align the design with the core values of sustainability, comfort and affordability. She maintains true to her belief “that we can always do better.”
Deborah earned her Honours Degree in Structural Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology and the title of Certified Passive House Designer and Trainer prior to moving to Toronto in 2012. Her understanding of building physics makes it possible for her to increase building comfort and reduce building maintenance, aligning with core values of sustainability, comfort and affordability.
Tony Mancini is a founding principal of Kearns Mancini Architects Inc (KMAI). Born in Hamilton, Tony graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 1980.
Driven by a keen interest in the cultural underpinnings of the built environment, Tony provides vital direction at all levels of the firm’s activities and is responsible for the development of the national retail standards for one of Canada’s “big five” banks.
In 2015, Tony was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). This honour is bestowed on architects across the country in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field.
In September 2018, Tony retired from active practice but continues to be part of the KMAI family.
Principal, Director of Architectural Technology
DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY Rick joined Kearns Mancini in 2016, after working for Black and Moffat Architects Inc. for over 16 years. Rick has provided leadership in building technology, design production and construction review. He has been involved in a number of KMAI's most technically complex projects including the Knox Presbyterian Church Renewal, as well as several Passive House projects. Rick comes from a diverse educational background: he attended the Art Fundamentals program from Sheridan College in 1997 and followed with the Architectural Technology Program from George Brown College where he graduated in 2001. His varied experiences have taught him a wide range of techniques and approaches to working and problem solving as well as an appreciation for the multidisciplinary and all-encompassing nature of Architecture and it's relation to our (everyday) lives and our cities.
Niamh is the Director of Finance at Kearns Mancini Architects. Originally from Ireland, Niamh moved to Canada to pursue her career in finance. After working for several prominent Architecture and Engineering firms in finance and office management capacity she joined the team at KMAI. Niamh is responsible for all billing, invoicing, payment, and office management at Kearns Mancini Architects. Niamh is an active member of The Society for Design Administration Canada where she sits on the board of directors. Her knowledge of finance, contracts, and industry standards for administration and payments make her a valuable member of the KMAI team.
Heather has worked at Kearns Mancini Architects since 2011. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. Her thesis, Supportive Housing for Mental Health Recovery, was a top 10 finalist for 2007’s CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Awards. Heather was an invaluable ressource in the design and programming of the Sarah SteeleTreatment Facility in Whitehorse, Yukon that was completed by Kearns Mancini in 2016.
Over the last several years, Heather has worked with one of the firm's longest standing clients, The Bank of Montreal. She has been responsible for overseeing the design and construction of several bank branches across Ontario. In addition to these, Heather recently completed work on the Warden Daycare for the Toronto District School Board.
Senior Architectural Designer
Keith Button earned his Architectural Technologist Diploma from Humber College and Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Keith split his studies between the Waterloo, Cambridge, and Rome studios while working for various offices, gaining a breadth of experience and knowledge. Keith has been working at Kearns Mancini Architects since 2006. Keith’s considerable experience in project management and BIM has made his expertise highly sought after by the clients of the firm. He focuses on the detail and functional aspects of projects to maintain design intent through-out.
Intermediate Architectural Designer
Simran joined Kearns Mancini Architects in 2017 and with him brought nearly 9 years of architectural experience. He graduated from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Panjab University, India. Additionally, Simran was the valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class of Ryerson University's IPLAN Program (Ontario bridge training program designed specifically for internationally educated professionals in architecture.)
Since joining Kearns Mancini Architects, Simran has proven to be a skilled technologist and thus an invaluable member of our team. He is currently working on the BMO Bank of Montreal Yonge-Sheppard Centre retail branch.
In addition to his technical savvy, Simran assisted in the preparation of a proposal package for inscription of Chandigarh, India on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nomination was accepted by the UNESCO Nominating Committee in 2016.
Jon is originally from London, England, where he studied his undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster and masters degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), achieving a distinction grade at both levels. Jon has a number of years experience working in both contemporary and heritage settings in London and Hong Kong, where he has accrued experience in civic/cultural, residential, leisure, hospitality and commercial sectors. He has worked on prestigious London landmarks such as the British Museum and Windsor Castle and particularly enjoys the challenge of designing within historic contexts. Having made the move to Toronto Jon is excited to bring his design flair and growing technical acumen to help develop innovative and rigorous design solutions.
Tayyab joined Kearns Mancini Architects in 2018 with 6 years of Architectural experience abroad. Tayyab’s expertise includes residential, commercial, retail, and corporate design. He graduated from National College of Arts, Pakistan and won a scholarship to attend the University of Westminster, London for his Masters Degree. Tayyab has proven to be a skilled technologist and 3D visualizer. Prior to joining Kearns Mancini Architects, he worked in the Middle East on number of Luxury Villas, Art Galleries and Corporate Projects. He is currently part of the production team working on Bank of Montreal projects. Tayyab’s unique skill set in Technical Detailing, 3D Visualization, and Virtual Reality strengthens the KMAI team.
Director of BIM and Building Performance
Kelly joined Kearns Mancini Architects in the Fall of 2015 and since then has become an integral part of the team. She is technically skilled and has extensive experience with laser scanning and reality capture. She uses this skill set to assist with the creation of accurate as-built conditions, providing more comprehensive building information models.
Kelly is a vital member of Kearns Mancini’s BIM Standards Team, where she utilizes her proficiency with Revit to produce and uphold office standards. She continually strives to improve her technical skills, and knowledge of building information modelling, steadily interested in learning new tools and software to help further develop her skill sets. Kelly brings with her a vast knowledge of both the physical reality of construction as well as a technical expertise in wide range of programs.
Alice Gibson has been a member of the Kearns Mancini (KMAI) team since 2012. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree upon graduation with First Class Honours, the highest level of academic achievement, from the University College Dublin in 2009. Through her work in both Ireland and Canada, Alice has gained broad, international experience spanning several sectors. Since joining KMAI, she has demonstrated a proven ability to administer all phases of a project, while remaining cognizant of tight schedules and client expectations. She is continually striving to understand more and develop new techniques to help showcase projects and engage clients, including animated visualisations.
(Alice is currently on Maternity Leave)
Alice has been the driving force behind Kearns Mancini's work with Deloitte and recently became a Certified Passive House Designer.
Junior Intern Architect
Natalie recently joined Kearns Mancini Architects after completing her Masters of Architecture degree in 2017 from McGill University in Montreal. She is proficient in digital modeling software. While working towards her Masters of Architecture, she completed a co-op term at Kearns Mancini where she worked on a number of prestigious projects including the Ryerson University English as an Additional Language Institute, Deloitte Toronto Headquarters, and the Bank of Montreal Flagship Location.
Senior Architect (Heritage)
Dan has been associated with the firm since 2001 and brings over thirty years of architectural and construction experience regarding all aspects of the practice.
Dan’s recent roles at Kearns Mancini include that of local project architect and manager for the Canadian Canoe Museum and for the award-winning Fort York Visitor Centre, project architect for the TDSB Kennedy Public School Addition and was recently the project architect on the George Brown College Chefs’ House Restaurant.
Dan performed a major role as Project Architect for the production of construction documents for Phase 1A of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was completed in early 2008.
He was instrumental in the production of the contract documents and was the administrative architect for the 150,000 sq. ft., TCDSB Sentator O’Connor Secondary School. Dan is also our in-house heritage architect, having completed several award-winning heritage projects including the restoration of the John Street Roundhouse, which won a 1996 Toronto Urban Design Award, and the restoration of the Ridpaths Furniture Store, which won the Toronto Annual Heritage Award in 2002. He has been the team leader for several other large heritage projects, notably the stabilization/restoration of the Old Don Jail, Phases 1 and 3 of the Whitney Block and Tower Restoration, and Restorations to the Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity College.
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Katrina joined Kearns Mancini Architects in 2018 after spending two years working in brand management, marketing and communications for multiple companies, including Royal Bank of Canada. After spending time within the advertising and technology sectors, Katrina decided to return to her roots in architecture. Katrina holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Carleton University where she focused on designing spaces around the concept of Canadian identity and cultural storytelling. As Marketing Manager Katrina leads the day to day marketing initiatives and proposal pursuits at Kearns Mancini Architects. Her expertise is in marketing, communications, and brand management have make her a valuable member of the team.
Intermediate Architectural Designer
Aaron recently joined Kearns Mancini Architects and has been an effective asset to the firm's BIM and project management team. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Aaron graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies and a Master in Architecture. Aaron has worked in a numerous offices collecting expertise in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors. He is also a part time instructor at Conestoga College teaching BIM software through a custom tailored course for the latest generation of BIM.
With a strong background in cinematography and music, Aaron has directed and produced many artistic and marketing-driven projects for the corporate & private sectors, as well as the music industry. His thesis on feature length architectural documentary is now a mandatory screening within the University of Waterloo’s architectural undergraduate syllabus.
Intermediate Architectural Designer
Irene joined Kearns Mancini in November 2017. Irene holds a Masters degree in architecture and urbanism from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona where she focused on high efficiency architecture and Passive House systems. During her degree she studied abroad in Venice at the University IUAV of Venice where she expanded her knowledge in sustainability and restoration. Irene has 2 years experience as an architect working in Barcelona. Irene has completed the PHPP course in Passive House Design and attends the PHPP user group meetings every month in Toronto to further her skills and knowledge.
Irene works on a variety of technically complex projects at Kearns Mancini Architects.
Junior Technical Designer
Noeline joined Kearns Mancini Architects after completing her Bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University in Architectural Science, specializing in Building Science. She has developed a strong understanding of building science and sustainable practices. She believes that great design can be achieved through the implementation of proper materials, appropriate construction methods and the integration of building systems that will allow for energy efficiency. Prior to joining Kearns Mancini Architects, she worked on institutional projects including schools, libraries and community buildings. During her time at Kearns Mancini Architects, Noeline has been involved with projects such a BMO Vaughan Metro Centre, Carleton Residence Refresh, Meadowbrook Passive House, and Passive House promotional material.
Co-op Arch Student
Thanh is an intern who is completing his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture at University of Waterloo. In addition to his current studies, he also holds an Architectural Technologist Diploma from Vanier College in Montreal. During his time in Waterloo, he had the privilege of designing various sustainable solutions to an underfunded flooding problem in different Vietnamese communities. With a keen interest in architectural details and construction techniques, he recently rejoined Kearns Mancini Architects for a co-op term and is a great asset to have. Most notably, he has worked on the Picton County Housing Development in which he explored 3D printing technologies for site analysis. Currently, he is participating in the Canadian Canoe Museum project.
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