Donald Schmitt of Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsDonald Schmitt speaks at a town hall meeting Monday to introduce his firm as architects for the law building renovation project.

Architectural firm to begin consultations on law school renovations

Incorporating natural light, enhancing sightlines, increasing occupant comfort, and addressing accessibility beyond physical spaces will be priorities for the renovation of the Ron W. Ianni Faculty of Law Building, architect Donald Schmitt told a town hall meeting Monday, Jan. 14.

Dean of law Christopher Waters introduced students, faculty, and staff to Schmitt, a principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects, the firm appointed to lead the building’s redesign. The company is based in Toronto with studios in Vancouver and New York City.

Its portfolio includes post-secondary facilities, performing arts centres and residential, recreational, institutional and commercial buildings. Dr. Waters highlighted its experience designing other law schools in Canada, including Allard Hall at the University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall at York University in Toronto.

Over the next few years, the renovation project will be led by a steering committee which includes Windsor Law students, alumni, faculty, and facility services staff, relying heavily on alumni support and fundraising.

Diamond Schmitt Architects will continue its design consultation in the months to come through workshops, town hall meetings, and surveys.

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