About James Khamsi and FIRM a.d.
James Khamsi (RA, AIA) is principal of FIRM a.d., an emerging New York City-based practice founded in
2010. The firm specializes in public and cultural spaces and is known for its innovative use of structure,
patterns, and materials.
Khamsi has practiced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and recently completed work
on the SFC Bridge in Toronto, a product of an ongoing collaboration with artists Jennifer Marman and
Khamsi has worked with leading architects, most notably with Farshid Moussavi and Foreign Office
Architects in London, UK. He has delivered projects across a range of scales - from urban master plans and
public infrastructure to private interiors and furniture pieces. Khamsi has extensive experience designing for
the arts, including galleries and museums, and with artists. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of
Modern Art, New York and has been published in Actar’s Verb series, Volume, MONU, Scapegoat and
Interior Design magazine. He is the editor of “Huburbs: Transit and Urbanism in the Greater Toronto
Hamilton Area,” published 2012 by the University of Toronto.
Khamsi is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University and previously held positions at
Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard.
About Art Toronto
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international fair for modern and art. Providing unique access to
the Canadian art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events in Canada. Now in its 16th
year, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries as well as a
program of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive
VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.