NLA International Dialogue: Sustainable Cities

For more information, please contact:
Donald Schmitt, Principal
Phone: +1 416 862 8800 x256

January 14, 2019

TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects will participate in an international dialogue on January 31st pairing Vancouver and London as leading examples of cities implementing comprehensive sustainable design initiatives.

At a critical time in the history of cities, when population growth, climate change and shifting economic opportunities are radically changing how we plan and build, how are city leaders and the built environment industry working together to create sustainable places?

Don Schmitt, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, will lead the discussion from Vancouver, which takes place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. New London Architecture hosts from The Building Centre in London for this live video presentation.

Additional speakers in Vancouver are Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver; Paul Fast of structural engineering firm Fast + Epp; Dave Ramslie, Vice-President Sustainability, Concert Properties; and Hadani Ditmars, a journalist who has written about urban design in both cities.

From London, speakers include Derek Wilson, Senior Sustainable Development Manager, Transport for London Property Development; Emma Cariaga, Head of Operations, Canada Water, British Land and Marion Baeli, partner in charge of PDP London’s Green Group. Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture will moderate the discussion.

This is the second NLA International Dialogue for Diamond Schmitt, which participated in a London-Toronto exchange in 2017. A video of the Vancouver dialogue will be posted to our website and social media following the event.

Diamond Schmitt Architects ( has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, post-secondary facilities, and residential, institutional and commercial buildings. Current projects include the interim home of the Senate of Canada in Ottawa, Robarts Common at the University of Toronto and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Texas.