Donald Schmitt

Donald Schmitt is a well-known Canadian architect whose practice is built on the transformative power of design. As a principal of Diamond Schmitt Architects, he is committed to the design of architecture that transcends convention and enriches everyday life. He is passionate about functionality, innovation, elegance, and sustainability.

Don is the Founding Chair of the Public Art Commission for the City of Toronto for which he was awarded the Civic Medal and is currently a member of the University of Toronto Design Review Panel.  He served on the Design Review Panel of the National Capital Commission for over a decade and for many years for Waterfront Toronto.

His recent designs include the transformation of the National Arts Centre and the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa; the Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Sick Children’s Hospital; Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver; Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University; and the compact mixed-use, transit connected, pedestrian oriented SmartCentres Place in Vaughan, at 20 million square feet, one of North America’s ground breaking new urban neighbourhoods.

Donald Schmitt is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Notable Projects
National Arts Centre Rejuvenation — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Emily Carr University of Art + Design — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Senate of Canada Building — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ryerson Image Centre and School of Image Arts — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Globe and Mail Centre — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Medicine Hat Regional Hospital — Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
DARE District — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Daniels Spectrum — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Peter A. Allard School of Law — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan — New York City, New York, United States of America
Corus Quay — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
KPMG Tower, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre — Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre — Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Parkside Student Residence — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public Health Ontario Laboratory — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Charlie Condominium — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
High Park Condominium — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Waterworks — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
St. Clair Place — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lazaridis Hall — Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Centennial Library and Academic Building — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Peter George Centre for Living and Learning — Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center — Detroit, Michigan, United States
David Geffen Hall interior rendering
The Re-Imagined David Geffen Hall — New York, New York, USA
Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Laboratories — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ingenium Centre — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada – Joint Facility — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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