Les Klein

Toronto, Ontario / Canada

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A founder and principal of Quadrangle, Les is committed to the notion that urban design, city building and architectural excellence all play important roles in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for the entire community. Les has two Bachelor of Science degrees (one in Arts & Design, the other in Mathematics) and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a result of his MIT education, Les takes a problem-solving approach to architecture that pays great heed to each individual client’s needs and aspirations. He is able to envision a range of solutions to every architectural challenge. His work in innovative residential development for diverse populations, the adaptive reuse of existing structures and the creation of dynamic environments for ideas-based private sector entrepreneurs has greatly influenced the growth and success of the firm. Much of this work is focused on urban housing, broadcast and media facilities, corporate offices and hotels. A firm believer in sharing knowledge, Les lectures extensively at professional conferences and seminars. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, as well as a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo and York University. In 1994, Les was honoured by his peers with induction into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC). Among his numerous professional volunteer activities, he has served as Chair of the Ontario Fire Code Commission, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Complaints Committee and the OAA Discipline Committee. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the RAIC. Les has received national and international attention for The Green Ribbon, his audacious idea to build a 7 km long green roof and park over the elevated portions of the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto, keeping the existing roadway intact below. “I believe that buildings change and grow and adapt over time.”