Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 19:00
Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm
SoCA Visual Arts and the Built Environment presents,
With special guest Donald Schmitt, CM FRAIC, AIA
“Architecture as an Agent of Transformation”
Performance Hall, SoCA Armouries, 37 University Ave. East
Free public event
Donald Schmitt is a well-known Canadian architect whose practice is built on the transformative power of design. As a principal of Diamond Schmitt Architects, he is committed to the design of architecture that transcends convention and enriches everyday life. He is passionate about functionality, innovation, elegance, and sustainability.
Don is the Founding Chair of the Public Art Commission for the City of Toronto for which he was awarded the Civic Medal and is currently a member of the University of Toronto Design Review Panel. He served on the Design Review Panel of the National Capital Commission for over a decade and for many years for Waterfront Toronto.
His recent designs include the transformation of the National Arts Centre and the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa; the Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Sick Children’s Hospital; Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver; Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University; and the compact mixed-use, transit connected, pedestrian oriented SmartCentres Place in Vaughan, at 20 million square feet, one of North America’s ground breaking new urban neighbourhoods. Don is also the architect working on the Ron Ianni Law Building renovations.
The ArchiLecture series is one of a number of events planned for 2019-2020 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Visual Arts and the Built Environment (VABE) program. VABE is a unique architecture program between SoCA Visual Arts at the University of Windsor and the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, Michigan).
Prof. Jason Grossi