Well cultured: Diamond and Schmitt

The 2013 ranking of architecture firms compiled by the U.K.-based journal Building Design places Diamond Schmitt Architects in an elite category among the world’s top-10 architecture firms for the cultural building sector. The survey appears in World Architecture 2013.
“Theatres, opera houses, libraries and galleries are an important part of our portfolio, so it is gratifying to achieve this recognition,” says Don Schmitt, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The Building Design list is based on fee income and survey results from 1,400 architecture practices around the world. 
“The resilience of the cultural sector continues for projects both large and small,” says Jack Diamond, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects. Recently completed work includes La Maison Symphonique, the 1,900-seat home of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. In Toronto, the Brentwood Library, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, renamed Daniels Spectrum, and the Ryerson Image Centre, a gallery and international research centre for the photographic arts, opened in 2012.
On May 2, 2013, the New Mariinsky Theatre designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects opens in St. Petersburg, Russia. This opera/ballet house will be the new home of the pre-eminent Mariinsky Company led by artistic and general director Valery Gergiev.
Cultural projects in design or under construction include Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre and the Cambridge Performing Arts Centre. “Performing Arts venues in particular have enjoyed a renaissance in the Canadian market,” adds Schmitt.
The firm is equally well represented in academic, healthcare, residential and commercial sectors. Current projects include the Sick Children’s Hospital Research Tower and Bridgepoint Health in Toronto, and The Global Innovation Exchange Building at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading Canadian full-service architectural practice and is the recipient of more than 200 awards, including six Governor General’s Awards for Architecture.