TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects Principals Birgit Siber and Martin Davidson have been named to The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Fellowships are bestowed in recognition of outstanding achievement in design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution or distinguished service to the profession or the community.
In over 20 years with Diamond Schmitt Architects, Ms. Siber has had an active role in many of the company’s significant projects and contributed to the culture of architectural excellence, which is at the core of the firm’s success. Projects for which she held a key role include Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and CanmetMATERIALS, the LEED Platinum certified metals and materials research centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Sustainability is a primary driver of her practice and she actively promotes green building design within the office and the community. Her research work includes co-developing ecoMetrics, an active databank focused on energy-use reduction. She also pioneered the commercial application of the biofilter living wall, a vertical installation of plant life that contributes to a healthy indoor environment and lowers a building’s carbon footprint.
Mr. Davidson is also a 20-year veteran with the firm. He has developed expertise in both historic renovation and new construction. From his early work on the Jerusalem City Hall and the Jewish Community Centre in Manhattan to his renovations to the Ontario Legislative Assembly building, he has distinguished himself on institutional buildings of varying scale and complexity. Post-secondary projects include the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the New Mexico Highlands University Student Union in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Among current projects are a major addition to the historic Holy Blossom Temple and School in Toronto. He is also transforming Ottawa’s former train station into an interim home for the Canadian Senate. This federal parliamentary building will re-introduce Beaux-Arts details and the processional route as well as restore the major public spaces including the finely detailed General Waiting Room and Concourse.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto. Informed by urbanism, driven by design, the firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, residential and commercial buildings, research and academic facilities. Current projects include the design for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City; the transformation of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; multiple projects for Canada’s largest urban development, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; and the new campus for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.