Brigitte Shim was born in Kingston Jamaica and completed her architectural and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In 1994, Shim and her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe founded Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in Toronto, Canada. Their design practice explores the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, furniture and fittings. Shim-Sutcliffe have realized built work in Canada, the United States, Russia and Asia focusing on place-making.
Professor Brigitte Shim has been a faculty member at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto since 1988. She was the 2019 Louis I. Kahn Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University’s School of Architecture and has been a visiting chair and lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Cooper Union, The University of Auckland, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and others. She has served on numerous international, national and local design juries as an advocate for design excellence including the 2007 Aga Khan Architecture Award Master Jury.
To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fifteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work. In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world.”