Diamond Schmitt Architects Incorporated
**Sponsored by the Toronto Society of Architects **
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:30 PM | The Pit (ARC 202)
325 Church Street
Donald Schmitt is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Architecture where he
received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal.
As Principal of Diamond Schmitt Architects he is currently working on the renovation of Ottawa’s
iconic Union Railway Station as the new home for the Canadian Senate. Secondly he is leading
the $125M transformation of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa currently starting construction. He
is also design architect for the new campus and building of the Emily Carr University of Art and
Design in Vancouver and Dennison Hall at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mr. Schmitt is Principal in Charge and Design Lead for the new David Geffen Hall at Lincoln
Centre, New York City, which will be the new home for the New York Philharmonic.
As an architect his significant projects include the Master Plan and Buildings at the University of
Ontario Institute of Technology, Symphony Hall, Detroit and the Bahen Centre for Information
Technology at the University of Toronto. More recently he was involved in the 800,000 sf Gilgan
Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital, Allard Hall Law School, University of
British Columbia, the Global Innovation Exchange Building at Wilfrid Laurier University in
Waterloo, Ontario and the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.
A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the American Institute
of Architects, Mr. Schmitt and his firm have won over 200 design awards including six Governor
He is the Founding Chair of the Public Art Commission for the City of Toronto for which
he was awarded the Civic Medal. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Planning
Design and Real Estate for the National Capital Commission, Ottawa for 12 years, and is a
member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and the University of Toronto Design
He is a member of the Canadian Art Foundation Advisory Committee and is an academician
with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
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Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
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