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“Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe are partners as well as collaborators. They have realized a dynamic design studio and a life around their shared passion for architecture, landscape and furniture. Their interest in the construction and fabrication of buildings, sites and their intersections has forced them to question fundamental relationships between object and ground, building and landscape, man and nature. Though their backgrounds and sensibilities are very different, their similar education and architectural journeys together offer a rich starting point for their work.”   -

“Through their diverse design practice, Brigitte and Howard continue to seek sophisticated solutions to each design problem they face. Each project embodies their commitment to an architecture that is powerfully connected to site, to a continual interpretation of program, and constant innovation in detail resolution.”


“Shim-Sutcliffe’s projects have won local, national and international recognition and awards. Their built work has been exhibited internationally and been published throughout the world. They have been honored with eleven Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada along with design recognition from the American Institute of Architects, American and Canadian Wood Council’s awards program. Brigitte and Howard have also been actively engaged at the scale of furniture, winning numerous international accolades for furniture design. After much research and design development, Shim-Sutcliffe launched The HAB Collection, a series including chairs and tables, is currently manufactured and distributed by Nienkamper.

Two publications, Shim-Sutcliffe, The 2001 Charles & Ray Eames Lecture, from the University of Michigan, and The Integral House, the 2006 Martell Lecture at the School of Architecture, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, have also been dedicated to Shim-Sutcliffe’s process and built work. Both publications demonstrate an on-going commitment and delight in the process of realizing ideas into built form. The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal has been collecting Shim-Sutcliffe’s drawings and models in their archives for over a decade. A monograph on their work is forthcoming.”