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When it comes to the buildings designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, ours is a first principle approach. Whether the project is a small and simple structure or a large and complex facility, we always begin with the client goals, a thorough program review, an analysis of the site and contextual considerations, and an evaluation of all credible planning and design options.

In addition, our approach to design includes a significant social dimension: the informal interaction that is of immense benefit to multi-disciplinary institutions, the quality of place that attracts the best researchers and students to campus facilities, or the sense of occasion that enhances attendance at performing arts buildings. Our designs are shaped to ensure the achievement of such outcomes.

We believe that architecture that is environmentally responsible is of prime importance. Our commitment to sustainability and green design is demonstrated in our thirty architects on staff that are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited, and the many awards we have received in the advancement of sustainable systems and technologies.

Our unique approach to architecture is that of true economy in construction, taking both capital and operating costs into account. For both practical and ethical considerations, sustainability has always been a central principle of our design approach. Our practice has, as a consequence, established new benchmarks in this field.

When it comes to the buildings designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, ours is a first principle approach. Whether the project is a small and simple structure or a large and complex facility, we always begin with the client goals, a thorough program review, an analysis of the site and contextual considerations, and an evaluation of all credible planning and design options.

In addition, our approach to design includes a significant social dimension: the informal interaction that is of immense benefit to multi-disciplinary institutions, the quality of place that attracts the best researchers and students to campus facilities, or the sense of occasion that enhances attendance at performing arts buildings. Our designs are shaped to ensure the achievement of such outcomes.

We believe that architecture that is environmentally responsible is of prime importance. Our commitment to sustainability and green design is demonstrated in our thirty architects on staff that are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited, and the many awards we have received in the advancement of sustainable systems and technologies.

Our unique approach to architecture is that of true economy in construction, taking both capital and operating costs into account. For both practical and ethical considerations, sustainability has always been a central principle of our design approach. Our practice has, as a consequence, established new benchmarks in this field.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable design means more than creating a high performance building. At its essence, our objective is to mitigate environmental impacts via the considerations of context, community, landscape and building form. This is achieved by engaging our clients in defining sustainability goals. Through a collaborative and integrated design process, the most appropriate and innovative technologies and building systems are applied. We are at the forefront of this rapidly developing field and, as a consequence, have an extensive portfolio of highly regarded sustainable building projects. To further advocate, educate and to enhance this activity, we are committed to the 2030 Challenge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all our new and renovated buildings.