A new policy has been adopted by the City of Toronto to give credit to building designers.
Toronto City Council decided all new buildings of 1000 m2 (11,000 sf) will include the name of the main design architect, or architect of record, either “affixed or inscribed on the building at a location near the main entry or prominent façade of the structure.”
“I think this is a good development,” Jack Diamond, principal at Diamond and Schmitt Architects, told Construction Canada Online. “People should understand who is responsible for the buildings they design.”
Councillor Peter Milczyn, BArch, MRAIC, submitted the recommendation to Toronto City Council, stating:
The Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning require as a standard condition of Site Plan Approval for any new building of 1000 square metres or greater in Gross Floor Area, that recognition of the Architect of Record, or primary Design Architect of the building be affixed or inscribed on the building at a location near the main entry or prominent façade of the structure. That the lettering for this recognition cover an area of at least 0.2 m by 0.3 m, or 0.06 square metres.