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Duncan Higgins


Duncan studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in 1997 and a Diploma in Architecture in 1998. He became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and ARB in 2000. Since joining Diamond Schmitt in 2002, Duncan has expanded his particular expertise in sports architecture, while also developing considerable experience in the design of academic and research buildings. Duncan was named Senior Associate in 2014 and Principal in 2018.

He has led projects through all stages of design, from concept to construction. Notable academic projects include the Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of Michigan and the OPG Engineering Building at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. As Project Manager for the multi-sport Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto, Duncan oversaw the regeneration of a critical interface between campus and the fabric of the city. He also led the design for the Varsity Centre Pavilion and the Ronald Joyce Stadium at McMaster University.

Duncan has completed the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. This 21-storey, LEED Gold facility provides 17 floors of laboratories and an education hub for 2,000 leading pediatric researchers in downtown Toronto. Recently, he has guided the design of the renewal project to update Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. As the home of the oldest Jewish Congregation in Ontario, this project provides a sensitive new link between existing historic Sanctuary and school buildings with a new light-filled atrium, providing access to improved community facilities and forming a dramatic communal space at the heart of Holy Blossom. Currently, Duncan is leading the team in delivering a new Collection and Conservation Centre for the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

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