Diamond Schmitt

Diamond Schmitt names new principals, associates

Monday, June 11, 2018

Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced the appointment of new principals, associates and a director, thereby expanding its ownership, design and management teams.

Senior associate Duncan Higgins is moving into the role of principal. Currently, he is leading the team in delivering a new Collection Conservation Centre for Ingenium, previously known as the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, which is located in Ottawa. He is also in charge of the renewal of Holy Blossom Temple and School in Toronto.

Jennifer Mallard is also ascending from the role of senior associate to principal. In the past, she has overseen both phases of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre rejuvenation project, and is currently working on projects at Humber College and York Woods Library and Theatre, both in Toronto.

The firm is advancing Joe Troppmann and Gary Watson to the role of senior associate. Troppmann is on the design team for the mixed-use redevelopment of Mirvish Village in Toronto. In the past, he has worked on the repurposing of a heritage building for Brock University in St. Catharines. Watson is working on the PwC/YMCA Tower, which will be a major feature of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, as well a Montreal hotel’s conversion into a student residence.

The firm has also appointed five new associates. Duncan Bates is currently working on Waterworks, a mixed-use residential, retail and community-use building with a significant heritage preservation component in downtown Toronto. Steve Bondar is on the team for the new LiUNA Local 183 headquarters in Vaughan, as well as a lab design for Toronto’s Michener Institute. Dennis Giobbe is working on the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs at UBC in Vancouver, and is also working on a Master Plan for the Toronto French School. Martin Kristensen is working on the York University Markham campus project, as well as Winnipeg’s Advanced Manufacturing Program for the National Research Council. Diana Saragosa is project architect for the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) project.

Jeanette Parker has been named director of knowledge management at the firm. In this role, she will be responsible for promoting a culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration within the firm.

“These talented architects have contributed their expertise to a wide range of projects,” said Donald Schmitt, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects. “And these promotions acknowledge the breadth of experience and design depth in our studio as we continue to grow our practice.”

Diamond Schmitt Architects is based in Toronto with studios in Vancouver and New York City. With this latest round of new appointments, Diamond Schmitt is comprised of 22 principals, 31 associates and architectural and support staff totaling 250 people.

Photo top row (left to right): Duncan Higgins, Jennifer Mallard, Joe Troppmann, Gary Watson, Jeanette Parker. Bottom row (left to right): Duncan Bates, Steve Bondar, Dennis Giobbe, Martin Kristensen, Diana Saragosa.

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