Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and a professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Professor Shim and her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe founded their design practice Shim-Sutcliffe in 1994, enabling them to explore their shared interest and passion for the interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, furniture and fittings. To date, they have received 14 Governor General’s Medals for Architecture and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, along with many other professional accolades for their built work.
At the University of Toronto, Professor Shim teaches core design studios, advanced design studios, and courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture. Her visiting professorships include the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University (2014, 2010, 2005) and (with Sutcliffe) the University of Auckland Distinguished Visitor Award from the university’s National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries within the School of Architecture and Planning.
Professor Shim has lectured widely and participated in invited international design juries and symposia around the world. She has served on Canada’s National Capital Commission Architectural Advisory Board for over a decade and is currently serving on Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel.
Brigitte Shim is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA) and an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA). In 2013, Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe were awarded the Order of Canada, along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world”.
Professor Shim served on the 2007 Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, as a project reviewer in 2010, and was a member of the Award Steering Committee in 2016.