Diamond Schmitt Architects M.Arch, OAA
What is your favourite part of being an architect?
Being able to work on the bigger picture of a project whether it's community building or city planning as well as the tiniest details of construction or client relations.
What are some challenges in the architecture industry today?
We need to get better in compensating ourselves. Fees are too low for what we do but as we chase more work we constantly compete with each other to get the work done with the lowest price.
Do you have any passions outside of work?
Yes, music. I've studied music for over 20 years, I enjoy playing various instruments, and I love cooking.
What do you do in your spare time?
I have a 4 year old and 2 year old at home so that takes up a lot of my time. I play in the office rock band
What projects really inspire you?
Projects that are whimsical and playful, that aren't too serious.
How does 'good' architecture build the community?
Good architecture should be multi-faceted and holistic, it should address not only good design but community needs and the human experience
What's you biggest motivation?
Knowing that each project is different and therefore each experience is something to learn from.