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June 28, 2019
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Donald Schmitt Named To The Order Of Canada
Toronto, Ontario – Donald R. M. Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, has been appointed to the Order of Canada.
June 27th, 2019 – Don is a recognized leader in the architectural community at home and abroad and is known as a champion of sustainable environments and design excellence.
The Order of Canada is one of the highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The motto of the Order is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, or “They desire a better country.”
Don’s portfolio includes many iconic buildings across Canada. Among recent projects are the high-rise laboratories of The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Sickids in Toronto; the new campus of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver; and the highly collaborative academic environment of Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
He is also known for the re-imagination of landmark historical buildings, notably the National Arts Centre and The Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, where he is currently leading the design for the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility. A giving, civic-minded architect, Don lends his expertise to numerous cultural initiatives and design review panels.
The citation from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, recognizes Don “for his rehabilitation of iconic heritage buildings and for his sustainable architectural designs.”
On learning of his appointment, Don Schmitt said, “I am honoured and humbled to be among Canadians from all walks of life as a Member of the Order of Canada.”
Don was born in South Porcupine, Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto School of Architecture, winning the RAIC medal. Diamond Schmitt Architects has completed a wide range of projects worldwide and has received seven Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.
The investiture of the Order of Canada will be held at a date to be set by Rideau Hall.
Don Schmitt: Jim Ryce
Lazaridis Hall WLU: Doublespace Photography
National Arts Centre: Doublespace Photography
Senate of Canada Building: Tom Arban Photography
Emily Carr University: Tom Arban Photography
Peter Gilgan Research SickKids: Tom Arban Photography
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Key Recent Buildings by Diamond Schmitt Architects
Metropolitan Toronto Central YMCA, Ontario, Canada
photograph : Fiona Spalding-Smith
Metropolitan Toronto Central YMCA
DARE District at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada
images courtesy of architects
DARE District at Algonquin College
Museum Subway Station, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo : Elizabeth Gyde
Museum Subway Station Toronto Building
More Buildings by DSA
Ambulatory Care Building, Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Design: Gibbs Gage Architects and Diamond Schmitt
photo : Tom Arban Photography
Ambulatory Care Building, Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Innovation Centre at Red River College Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects with Number TEN Architectural Group
picture courtesy of architects office
Innovation Centre at Red River College
North York Central Library Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo : Lisa Logan Photography
Museum Station Toronto Building
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