Jack Diamond (architect)

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Jack Diamond
Born (1932-11-08) November 8, 1932 (age 82)
Piet Retief, South Africa
Alma mater University of Cape Town
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania
Awards Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Abel Joseph "Jack" Diamond, OC OOnt (born November 8, 1932) is a Canadian architect.

Born in Piet Retief, South Africa, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cape Town in 1956. He received a Master of Arts degree in politics, philosophy and economics from University of Oxford in 1958 as well as earning a rugby blue.[1] He received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 where he studied with Louis Kahn.

In 1964, he emigrated to Canada to become the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Toronto, a position he held until 1970. In 1975, he established his own firm, today called Diamond and Schmitt Architects.

In 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[2] In 1997, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.[3]

He has served as a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, as Chairman of the Design Advisory Committee for the National Capital, Ottawa and as a Commissioner of the Greater Toronto Area Task Force.[4]

Buildings of note[edit]

Work in progress[edit]

  • Black Sea Residential Resorts, Obzor, Bulgaria (with Urbiarch, Obzor)


  • 1996: Works: The Architecture of A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company, 1968-1994[8]
  • 2007: “Urban Form, Transportation and Sustainability.” Ideas that Matter, July 30
  • 2007: “Sprawl is our ‘Inconvenient Truth’.” The Globe and Mail, May 18
  • 2008: Insight and On Site, The Architecture of Diamond and Schmitt.[9][10]
  • 2010: Sketches from Here and There [11]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Order of Canada
  3. ^ Order of Ontario Appointees
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ “Jerusalem City Hall Square.” Canadian Architect 35(7), July 1990: 18-23.
  6. ^ Tommasini, Anthony. “A Brand New ‘Ring’ in a Brand New Space.” The New York Times, September 14, 2006
  7. ^ *Revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront." World Architecture News June 19, 2007
  8. ^ Diamond, A.J. , Donald Schmit. " Works: The Architecture of A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company, 1968-1995" Halifax: Tuns Press, 1996
  9. ^ Diamond, A.J., Donald Schmitt, and Don Gilmour. “Insight and On Site. The Architecture of Diamond and Schmitt.” Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2008
  10. ^ Canadian Architect Review
  11. ^ Douglas & McIntyre

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