Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Diamond Schmitt Architects
Incorporated Company
Industry Architecture
Founder A.J Diamond, Donald Schmitt
Services Architecture, Urban Design, Master Planning
Number of employees
Slogan foundation = 1975
Website www.dsai.ca

Diamond Schmitt Architects is an architectural firm 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 Schmitt Architects Incorporated.[2]


In addition to the founding principals, Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt, there are 16 principals, 3 senior associates, 13 associates, 92 registered graduate and student architects; and a support staff of 20.

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

Senior Associates: Duncan Higgins, Ana Maria Llanos, Peggy Theodore.

Associates: Walton Chan, Leonardo de Melo, Branka Gazibara, Dan Klink, Sarah Low, Michael Lukasik, Jennifer Mallard, Dale McDowell, Jessica Shifman, Joseph Troppmann, Antra Roze, Sybil Wa and Gary Watson.

Selected projects[edit]

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

Work in progress[edit]

  • Robarts Library Revitalization, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Obzor Luxury Beach & Spa, Black Sea Residential Resorts, Obzor, Bulgaria (with Urbiarch, Obzor)
  • 250 Delaware Avenue, mixed use high rise in Buffalo, New York.
  • St. Catharines Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • Brock University School of Performing Arts, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Diamond 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[edit]

Ontario Architect's Association Awards[edit]

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

BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ Abel Joseph "Jack" Diamond at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Robinson, John. "Architecture for the People." Toronto Star, 26 April 1987
  3. ^ "Betty Oliphant Theatre." . . National Ballet of Canada,
  4. ^ "New Order of the Garter." Irish Times, 4 November 2006
  5. ^ "An ever changing face at the Brick Works." World Architecture News 23 November 2007
  6. ^ "Diamond and Schmitt Architects to design new 2,100-seat concert hall for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra." Canadian Architect 2 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