The City of Fredericton, N.B., has selected Diamond Schmitt Architects and EXP Engineering to design their new Performing Arts Centre. The selection was announced following a review by the City and the Fredericton Playhouse of 20 submissions from architectural firms from across North America, and a shortlist of three finalists.
Construction has begun on Carleton University’s all-new Engineering Design Centre, Ottawa, Ont., for its Faculty of Engineering and Design (FED). The $16-million, 2323-m2 (25,000-sf) facility will connect to Carleton’s existing Mackenzie Building and provide dedicated space for undergraduate students as they collaborate on fourth-year capstone design projects.
Derek Newby, LEED AP, CPHD, has returned to Diamond Schmitt Architects as the principal of its Vancouver practice. Newby brings extraordinary experience to designing mixed-use, office, and academic facilities, and is recognized nationally for his leadership in sustainable design and high-performance buildings, the firm said. For years he has advocated for low-carbon buildings, both through the application of Passive House principles to reduce operating emissions and through the use of timber to reduce embodied emissions.
For the past seven years, Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers (SME) has recognized companies with the nation’s best workplaces and forward-thinking human resource policies. Diamond Schmitt Architects has been awarded each year, and is again for 2020. The editorial competition managed by Mediacorp Canada in conjunction with The Globe and Mail reviews thousands of applications from private sector companies. They rank recruitment histories, human resource practices, and employee benefits and perks.
Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects has appointment Sybil Wa and Nigel Tai as principals with the firm. The promotion of the two senior associate architects recognizes their contribution to design excellence and skilled project management on a wide range of projects, the firm said in a press release.
Diamond Schmitt Architects is expanding its design and management teams with two new directors and the appointment of 14 associates and advancements.
Claudia Cozzitorto is the new design technologies director in Toronto. She 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.
Rod Maas is the new technical director in their Vancouver …
The rejuvenation of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre by Diamond Schmitt Architects has won an Architecture Award of Merit from the performing arts association the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).