Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Type Incorporated Company
Industry Architecture
Founder(s) A.J Diamond, Donald Schmitt
Headquarters Toronto, Canada
Services Architecture, Urban Design, Master Planning
Employees 137
Website www.dsai.ca

Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated is an architectural practice founded in 1975 and located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The firm currently employs 137 people.



Born in South Africa, Jack Diamond arrived in Canada in 1964 as Founding Director of the University of Toronto’s Master of Architecture program. From 1968-1975 he was principal in the firm of Diamond and Myers. In 1975 he established A.J. Diamond Architects, which by 1989 had evolved into the partnership of A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company.[1]

Canadian born architect Donald Schmitt studied architecture at the University of Toronto, and has been in practice with Jack Diamond since 1978. Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt are the founding principals of Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated.[2]


In addition to the founding principals, Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt, there are 13 principals, 13 associates, 92 registered graduate and student architects; and a support staff of 19.

Principals: Sydney Browne, Gregory Colucci, Martin Davidson, David Dow, Robert Graham, Helen Kabriel, Michael Leckman, Gary McCluskie, Birgit Siber, Matthew Smith, Jon Soules, Mike Szabo and Michael Treacy.

Associates: Walton Chan, John Featherstone, Branka Gazibara, Duncan Higgins, Daniel Klink, Matthew Lella, Ana Maria Llanos, Jarle Lovlin, Sarah Low, Michael Lukasik, Jennifer Mallard, Antra Roze, and Peggy Theodore.

Selected projects

Since the practice was founded in 1975 the firm has completed a wide variety of projects worldwide that include:

  • 1980: Betty Oliphant Theatre, The National Ballet School of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada[3]
  • 1981: Metro Central YMCA, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1983: Berkeley Castle renovation (19th century complex of industrial buildings; former offices of Diamond and Schmitt), Toronto, Ontario
  • 1990: The Jerusalem City Hall, Jerusalem, Israel, (with Kolker, Kolker and Epstein Architects, Jerusalem)
  • 1994: University of Toronto Earth Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994: Richmond Hill Central Library, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
  • 1996: York University Student Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2000: Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged, Baycrest Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2001: Davenport Chemistry Research Wing, Lash Miller Laboratories, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2001: St. Michael’s Hospital, Cardinal Carter Wing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2002: Canadian Chancery, Prague, Czech Republic (with Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Architects, Prague)
  • 2002: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto, Ontario,
  • 2002: Los Alamos Civic Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
  • 2003: Max M. Fisher Music Center (home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • 2003: The Jewish Community Centre in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • 2003: Cancer Research Institute, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
  • 2003: Alumbrera House, Mustique, The Grenadines
  • 2003: Gerstein Science Information Centre Master Plan and Renovations, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario,
  • 2003: Queen’s University Residences (Leggett Hall, Watts Hall, Leonard Hall), Kingston, Ontario, Canada, (with Shoalts and Zaback Architects, Kingston)
  • 2004: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel (with Kolker, Kolker, Epstein Architects, Jerusalem)
  • 2004: Pierre Berton Resource Library, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
  • 2004: University of British Columbia Life Sciences Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2005: The Banff Centre Campus Master Plan and Implementation, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • 2005: The Esplanade, Medicine Hat Performing Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 2005: Ontario Science Centre, Weston Family Innovation Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005: Computer Science and Engineering Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • 2005: University of Guelph-Humber Academic Building, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2006: Varsity Centre for Physical Activity and Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2006: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford City, Ireland [4]
  • 2006: Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2006: McGill University Master Plan, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2007: Banff Centre Sally Borden Building, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • 2007: McGill University Life Sciences Complex, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2007: Harman Center for the Arts Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA,
  • 2008: Life Sciences Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, (with Provencher Roy Associés, Montreal)
  • 2008: Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • 2008: Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge, Ontario
  • 2008: Grand Theatre Renovation, Kingston, Ontario
  • 2008: Lakefield College School Recreation Centre, Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
  • 2009: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Master Plan and academic buildings, Oshawa, Ontario
  • 2009: Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2009: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 2010: Charles & Myrtle Walker Novi Public Library, Novi, Michigan, USA
  • 2011: Centennial College Library and Academic Building, Progress Campus, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 2011: University of Toronto Scarborough Instructional Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Work in progress (2010)

  • Queen’s University School of Medicine, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (with Shoalts and Zaback Architects, Kingston)
  • Hospital for Sick Children Research Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • University of Ottawa, Vanier Hall Academic Building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Evergreen Brick Works Centre for Sustainability (Don Valley Brick Works), Toronto, Ontario, Canada[5]
  • Integrated Sciences Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (with H2L2 Architects, Philadelphia)
  • Robarts Library Revitalization, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Law building, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • TEDCO’s Corus Entertainment Building "Corus Quay", Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Boettcher Concert Hall (for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), Denver, Colorado, USA (with Oz Architecture, Denver)
  • L'Adresse symphonique (concert hall for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Joint venture with SNC Lavalin and Aedifica Architects, Montreal)[6]
  • Obzor Luxury Beach & Spa, Black Sea Residential Resorts, Obzor, Bulgaria (with Urbiarch, Obzor)
  • Women’s College Hospital Site Master Plan, Toronto, Ontario
  • Bridgepoint Health Chronic Long-term Care Complex, Toronto, Ontario
  • Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (with Studio Southwest Architects, Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Regent Park Residential Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The Mariinsky Theatre New Opera, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Diamond and Schmitt Architects has received numerous regional, national and international awards for excellence in design. The firm was recognized in 2009 by Deloitte LLP, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, KPMG, and the Queen’s University School of Business as being one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada.[7]

Canadian Governor General’s Awards for Architecture

  • Village Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, 1985[8]
  • Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1986[8]
  • Metro Toronto YMCA, Toronto, Ontario, 1986[8]
  • Earth Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1994[8]
  • Richmond Hill Central Library, Richmond Hill, Ontario, 1994[8]
  • York University Student Centre, Toronto, Ontario, 1996[8]

Ontario Architect's Association Awards

  • 2007: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts [9]

BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards

  • 2004: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel[10]
  • 2007: The Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada[11]
  • 2008: Shakespeare Theatre at the Harman Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA[12]

External links


  1. ^ Abel Joseph "Jack" Diamond at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Robinson, John. “Architecture for the People.” Toronto Star, April 26, 1987
  3. ^ "Betty Oliphant Theatre." . . National Ballet of Canada,
  4. ^ “New Order of the Garter.” Irish Times, November 4, 2006
  5. ^ An ever changing face at the Brick Works." World Architecture News 23 11. 2007
  6. ^ "Diamond and Schmitt Architects to design new 2,100-seat concert hall for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra." Canadian Architect 02 july. 2009
  7. ^ Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies
  8. ^ a b c d e f Governor General’s Medals Recipients
  9. ^ Ontario Architects Association Awards Listing
  10. ^ Architectural Record Awards 2004
  11. ^ Architectural Record Awards 2007
  12. ^ Architectural Record Awards 2008

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