Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects won its third BusinessWeek and Architectural Record magazine’s annual ”Good Design is God Business’ award for the firm’s design of the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC.
One of only six projects out of a competitive pool of 90 being honoured, the centre is hailed as possessing the flexibility needed to effectively meet the demands of international performers who, until now, had no venue in Washington of this calibre.
“The jury [deciding on award recipients] considered each project’s impact not only on its immediate client but also on the wider community it serves,” said BusinessWeek.com’s innovation and design editor, Helen Walters.
The firm has been the recipient of over 140 design awards and is ranked among the top 100 practices in the world by the World Architecture and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The previous two ‘Good Design’ awards were won for the firm’s work on Jerusalem’s Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry in 2004 and Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2007. They are currently working on new theatres in Richmond Hill and Burlington, Ontario and have been commissioned to redesign the Boettcher Hall in Denver, Colorado