Diamond Schmitt undergoes leadership team expansion

The changes are taking place at the firm’s Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Ottawa offices.

Headshots show some of Diamond Schmitt employees who have been promoted. – Diamond Schmitt

Diamond Schmitt is expanding its leadership team across all of its offices.

The architecture firm has appointed one new principal, five new senior associates, eight new associates and one new director. The firm also named its chief financial officer.

Here are the personnel changes:

  • Cecily Eckhardt, OAA, CPHD, LEED Green Associate (Toronto) has been promoted to principal. 
  • Cynthia Carbonneau, OAA, LEED AP (Toronto), Jessica Cheung, OAA, LEED AP (Toronto), Sarah Low, LEED AP (Toronto), Dale McDowell, OAA (Toronto), and Matthew Tsui, OAA, LEED AP (Toronto) have advanced to the position of senior associate. 
  • Emily Baxter (Toronto), Martin Gauthier, CPHD (Toronto), Catherine Lin, OAA (Toronto), Louis Louw, AIBC (Vancouver), Jeff Mitchell, OAA, CPHD (Toronto), Tara Plett, CIQS, OACETT (Ottawa), Mike Taylor, OAA, CPHD (Toronto), and Elcin Unal, OAA, MRAIC (Toronto) have been elevated to associate. 
  • Paul de Voe, AIA (New York) has been named technical director.
  • Narjis Shirazee (Toronto) has been designated chief financial officer.

“At Diamond Schmitt, we have long recognized that diversity fuels innovation and fosters creativity. The make-up of our teams brings together individuals with different areas of expertise, skill sets and experiences in a studio environment that encourages the free expression of opinions and the sharing of ideas,’ said Don Schmitt, principal and co-founder of the firm. “These appointments reflect Diamond Schmitt’s continued commitment to creating a workplace that is diverse, equitable and inclusive – not only supporting the evolution of our architectural ambitions, but acknowledging the growth of the individuals behind the buildings we design.”

Some of the firm’s notable projects include Emily Carr University of Art + Design, David Geffen Hall, The Globe and Mail Centre and the Senate Building of Canada.  

One major project the firm is currently involved in is Therme Canada | Ontario Place, a planned expansion of public park space that will create a year-round landmark waterfront destination on Lake Ontario.

The firm stated that the design weaves together three themes, expressed through architecture: the scale and spirit of exhibition pavilions; the restorative qualities of natural forms; and the transparency of greenhouse architecture.

Photos: Therme Canada | Ontario Place design

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