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Kathleen (Katie) Kurtin
Kathleen Kurtin is a Toronto-based architect with a broad range of professional experience. She established her practice Kathleen Kurtin Architect in the early 1980’s soon after registering with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).
In its first decade the firm focused primarily on renovation within Toronto’s downtown core, including a variety of building and client types ranging from very small to 500,000 square feet – retail, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential. The firm built a reputation for innovative and cost effective solutions and provided the foundation work for the City of Toronto’s Live/Work guidelines.
In the mid-1990s Kurtin joined Scotiabank as Chief Architect and Director of Design. There she led a team of in-house and external architects and designers in the design and development of the bank’s real estate portfolio both domestically and internationally.
In 2014 Kurtin retired from Scotiabank and re-established her practice on Toronto’s Queen Street West with a renewed focus on small urban interventions. She currently serves on the OAA Council as VP of Practice and as Chair of both the Interns Committee and the Education Review Committee. Kurtin has also held the position of VP Regulatory, and was instrumental in establishing the OAA’s Safe Work Place Committee and introducing bylaws that make the practice of architecture more equitable for women.