Mark Hentze

Diamond Schmitt names directors and associates

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Diamond Schmitt has expanded its design and management teams with the appointment of 14 associates and two new directors.

“These promotions acknowledge the talent, breadth of experience and design depth in our studio across a wide range of projects,” said Donald Schmitt, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Rod Maas is the new technical director at the Vancouver studio, bringing a background in highly sustainable design on international projects to oversee technological implementation.

New associates in Vancouver are Elena Chernyshov, Wen-Ying Lu and Fernanda Rubin. Chernyshov is working on a rezoning project in Vancouver, a commercial project in Victoria, the Cameron Community Centre and Library in Burnaby and Oakridge Presentation Centre.

Lu relocated to the Vancouver practice in 2017 where she is project architect on four residential towers at Oakridge Centre. Rubin is currently working on Bristol Court, a residential tower in Mississauga and a cultural project in Calgary.

In Toronto, four architects were promoted to senior associates: Walton Chan, Cecily Eckhart, Eric Lucassen, and Jessica Shifman. The new design technologies director in Toronto is Claudia Cozzitorto.

Cozzitorto applies her architectural background to building information modelling (BIM) implementation at the firm. She has held national and local roles for the advocacy of BIM in architectural practice.

New associates in Toronto include Jessica Cheung, Chris Hughes, Dieter Janssen, Giuseppe Mandarino, Judith Martin, Arne Suraga, and Jose Trinidad.

Diamond Schmitt Architects is based in Toronto with studios in Vancouver and New York City. The firm is a team of 282 with 19 principals, nine senior associates, 28 associates, and architectural and support staff.

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