Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
FoundersJack Diamond
Donald Schmitt
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
ServicesArchitecture, Urban Design, Master Planning

Diamond Schmitt Architects is an architectural firm founded in 1975 and located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt are the founding principals of the firm.[1]


Born in South Africa, Jack Diamond arrived in Canada in 1964 as the Founding Director of the University of Toronto’s Master of Architecture program. From 1968 to 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.[2] Canadian-born architect Donald Schmitt studied architecture at the University of Toronto, and he has been in practice with Jack Diamond since 1978.


In addition to the firm's founding principals, there are 19 other principals, 7 senior associates, 22 associates, 6 Directors, 129 registered graduate and student architects, and a support staff of 43, for a total of 215.

Principals: Sydney Browne, Gregory Colucci, Martin Davidson, David Dow, Robert Graham, John Featherstone, Duncan Higgins, Helen Kabriel, Michael Leckman, Matthew Lella, Ana Maria Llanos, Jarle Lovlin, Jennifer Mallard, Gary McCluskie, Birgit Siber, Matthew Smith, Mike Szabo, Peggy Theodore and Michael Treacy.

Senior Associates: Branka Gazibara, Michael Lukasik,Antra Roze, Nigel Tai, Joseph Troppmann, Sybil Wa, Gary Watson.

Associates: Duncan Bates, Steve Bondar, Karel Brozik, Liviu Budur, Cynthia Carbonneau, Walton Chan, Aaron Costain, Leonardo de Melo, Cecily Eckhardt, Dan Gallivan, Dennis Giobbe, Vincent Goetz, Dan Klinck, Martin Kristensen, Sarah Low, Eric Lucassen, Diana Saragosa, Marcin Ludwik Sztaba, Dale McDowell, Graeme Reed, Jessica Shifman, Matthew Tsui, and

Directors: Bryan Chartier, Paul French, Elizabeth Gyde, Lilia Kiriakou, Jeanette Parker, Jean-Marc St.Pierre

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)
  • Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, Lubbock, Texas, United States
  • Lethbridge Crossings Leisure Complex, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada
  • Dartmouth Sportsplex Renovation, Dartbmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Redevelopment, Medicine Hat, Alberta, 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]


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