Thomas Payne Architect is a full-service architectural studio located in the Queen West area of downtown Toronto. Launched by Thomas Payne in 2013, after 25 years of leadership at KPMB, this multi-disciplinary practice is dedicated to a search for truth in architecture and in a broad array of related artistic endeavours.
The studio is simultaneously involved in architecture, art projects, and agricultural investigations, providing clients with product of cross-pollination in thinking and action.
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.
M.ARCH, 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 has cohabited space in Toronto 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 in Hudson, New York.
M.ARCH, OAA, MRAIC
With over 20 years of professional experience, Meika brings immensely valuable leadership to Thomas Payne Architect. Meika began her career at KPMB Architects in 2002—where she developed a strong collegial working relationship with Thom—and was promoted to associate in 2011. Meika held important roles on highly acclaimed projects while at KPMB, including her role as project architect for Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Minnesota Orchestra Hall Renovation, and Massey Hall revitalization project.
As a licensed architect, Meika’s strength is her ability to lead a project team, working with both the client group and consultant team from concept design to successful project completion. She has extensive performing arts and institutional project experience and firmly believes a consultative and collaborative process produces the best architecture.
STUDIO TEAM + ALUMNI
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Rockport Publishers, Contemporary World Architects Series
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST
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- FACTORY THEATRE
- DALHOUSIE ARTS CENTRE
- FOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
- OSHAWA LITTLE THEATRE
- ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
- BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL
- CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
- GOODMAN THEATRE
- LUMINATO FESTIVAL
- MASSEY HALL
- NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA
- O’KEEFE CENTRE/ MERIDIAN HALL
- ROY THOMSON HALL
- STRATFORD FESTIVAL
- TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
- ST. JUDE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, OAKVILLE
- HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, TORONTO
- DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
- FIELDS INSTITUTE, UofT
- 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 SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS, UofT
- UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
- GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
- DEPT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
- FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA
- HEALTH CANADA
- PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
- CITY OF TORONTO
- CITY OF STRATFORD
- CITY OF LONDON
- CITY OF OAKVILLE
- BUILD TORONTO
- DANIELS CORPORATION
- FIRST URBAN GROUP
- GWL REALTY
- OXFORD PROPERTIES GROUP
- MOD DEVELOPMENTS
- TISHMAN SPEYER
- BATAWA DEVLOPMENT CORPORATION
- ALLEGRA HOMES
- INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES GROUP
- PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS
- ENI, MILAN
- GRANITE CLUB
- HILTON TORONTO
- STUDY AT YALE, HOSPITALITY3
- NOTA BENE
SPORTS AND RECREATION
- GRANITE CLUB
- OSPREY VALLEY GOLF
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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
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
1985 – 89 Thesis Studio, University of Toronto
1982 – 83 Harvard GSD, Barton Myers Studio