ABOUT

THOMAS PAYNE ARCHITECT IS A FULL SERVICE ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO LOCATED IN THE QUEEN WEST AREA OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. KNOWN FOR AWARD-WINNING WORK ON UNIQUE SITES FOR AMBITIOUS CLIENTS, THOMAS PAYNE WAS A FOUNDING PARTNER OF KUWABARA PAYNE McKENNA BLUMBERG (KPMB) ARCHITECTS WHERE HIS WORK IS CELEBRATED IN THREE INTERNATIONAL MONOGRAPHS.

IN 2013, AFTER 25 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP AT KPMB, THOMAS PAYNE DEPARTED TO LAUNCH A NEW MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE DEDICATED TO A SEARCH FOR TRUTH IN ARCHITECTURE AND IN A BROAD ARRAY OF RELATED ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS.

THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY STUDIO WITH ITS SIMULTANEOUS INVOLVEMENTS IN ARCHITECTURE, ART PROJECTS, AND AGRICULTURAL INVESTIGATIONS PROVIDES ADVANTAGES TO CLIENTS THROUGH CROSS-POLLINATION OF THINKING AND ACTION.

ENDURING VALUE

WE STRIVE FOR AN ARCHITECTURE THAT IS NOT ONLY ENDURING, USEFUL AND ARTISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, BUT ALSO HIGHLY FLEXIBLE, OF THIS TIME, AND FORWARD THINKING. WE BELIEVE THAT OUR BUILDINGS WILL DELIVER FOR OUR CLIENTS, GREAT ECONOMIC, ARTISTIC, AND SOCIAL VALUE, IN BOTH THE SHORT- AND LONG-TERM.

GENIUS OF COLLABORATION

ARCHITECTURE IS A COLLABORATIVE ART FORM. BY WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM WE FOSTER AN AMPLIFICATION OF CREATIVE THINKING AND ACTION. ALSO WE ARE GOOD LISTENERS.

BALANCING VISION AND PRAGMATISM

ARCHITECTURE STARTS WITH VISION: AN IDEA, A FEELING FOR THE SPIRIT OF WHAT THE PARTICULAR PROJECT IS ABOUT. SIMULTANEOUSLY, AS STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN A WORLD WITH FINITE RESOURCES, WE MUST ALWAYS TRY TO DO A LOT WITH A LITTLE. A BALANCE OF VISION AND RESPONSIBILITY IS KEY TO SUCCESS.

WORK + CREATIVE PLAY

TO CREATE GREAT ARCHITECTURE REQUIRES GOOD THINKING AND EXPERIENCE, BUT ALSO THE SURPRISES OF PLAYFUL DREAMS AND CREATIVE HUNCHES. BUILDING IS A HIGH-STAKES ENDEAVOUR INVOLVING MAJOR EXPENSE, SO TO ENSURE SUCCESS IT HELPS TO HAVE FUN AND BE IN THE PRESENT – TO MIX WORK AND PLAY.

THE HIGH ROAD

THOMAS PAYNE ARCHITECT CREATES HIGH QUALITY ARCHITECTURE WITHIN A BUSINESS FRAMEWORK BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST AND GREAT VALUE TO ALL. IF YOU HAVE A DREAM INVOLVING ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, OR ART, LET’S TALK.

CURRICULUM VITAE

THOMAS PAYNE
OAA, FRAIC, AIA

THOMAS PAYNE WAS BORN IN CHATHAM, ONTARIO. HE WAS EDUCATED AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (AB, 1971), THE ÉCOLE DES BEAUX ARTS IN PARIS, AND YALE UNIVERSITY (M. ARCH, 1974).

THOM WAS MENTORED BY JAMES STIRLING AT YALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND BY BARTON MYERS AT BARTON MYERS ASSOCIATES (1979 – 1987), THE PREDECESSOR FIRM TO KUWABARA PAYNE MCKENNA BLUMBERG ARCHITECTS (KPMB), WHERE THOM WAS A FOUNDING AND SENIOR PARTNER FOR 25 YEARS.

THOM HAS A DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE IN A BROAD RANGE OF PROJECT TYPES – CULTURE, EDUCATION, INSTITUTION, HOSPITALITY, RECREATION, RETAIL, COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL – AT EVERY IMAGINABLE SCALE.

HE HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH GREAT WORK COLLEAGUES AND EXTRAORDINARY CLIENTS IN MANY DISCIPLINES.

THOMAS PAYNE ARCHITECT COHABITS SPACE IN TORONTO AND HUDSON, NY WITH LUFF ART + DIALOGUE, AN INDEPENDENT ART SPACE PRESENTING EXPERIMENTAL AND EMERGING WORK ACROSS DISCIPLINES. IN TURN, BOTH ARE CONNECTED THROUGH EXPERIMENTS IN ART ARCHITECTURE AND FARMING TO SPOOK ROCK FARM, HUDSON, NEW YORK.

PARTIAL CLIENT LIST

CULTURE

DALHOUSIE ARTS CENTRE
LITTLE THEATRE
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
GOODMAN THEATRE
LUMINATO FESTIVAL
MASSEY HALL
NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA
O’KEEFE/HUMMINGBIRD CENTRE
ROY THOMSON HALL
STRATFORD FESTIVAL
TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

EDUCATION

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
FIELDS INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE
TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD
TRINITY COLLEGE, TORONTO
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, YALE UNIVERSITY
MUNK CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

HOSPITALITY

GRANITE CLUB
HILTON TORONTO
STUDY AT YALE, HOSPITALITY3
NOTA BENE

DEVELOPMENT

BUILD TORONTO
DANIELS CORPORATION
DIAMONDCORP
EARTHDEVELOPMENT
FIRST URBAN GROUP
GREAT WEST LIFE REALTY
OXFORD PROPERTIES GROUP
MOD DEVELOPMENTS
TISHMAN SPEYER

SPORTS AND RECREATION

GRANITE CLUB
OSPREY VALLEY GOLF

GOVERNMENT

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA
HEALTH CANADA
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
CITY OF TORONTO
CITY OF STRATFORD
CITY OF LONDON
CITY OF OAKVILLE

CORPORATE

PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS
ENI, MILAN
BCIMC
CIBC

RELIGION

ST. JUDE’S ANGLICAN, OAKVILLE
HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC, TORONTO

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2007 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF NEW JERSEY
2004 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF FLORIDA
2004 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF MICHIGAN
2000 FELLOW, ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA
1998 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF CONNECTICUT
1997 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF VIRGINIA
1993 MEMBER, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
1989 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF ILLINOIS
1988 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, NCARB
1988 MEMBER, ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA
1988 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
1980 REGISTERED ARCHITECT, STATE OF OHIO
1978 MEMBER, ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

2006 – 12 ARCHITECTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, RYERSON UNIVERSITY
2008 – 12 SHARON TEMPLE BOARD
1995 – ALUMNI COUNCIL, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
1991 – 93 PRESIDENT, PRINCETON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
1985 – 93 OFFICER, PRINCETON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

TEACHING

1985 – 89 THESIS STUDIO, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
1982 – 83 HARVARD GSD, BARTON MYERS STUDIO