Diamond Schmitt Architects announces new Vancouver principal

Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced the return of Derek Newby as a principal in the company’s Vancouver practice.

“I’m delighted to rejoin my colleagues here and look forward to expanding our presence in BC, across Western Canada and into the US,” said Newby.

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According to the firm, Newby brings extraordinary experience to designing mixed-use, office and academic facilities and is recognized for his leadership
 in sustainable design and high-performance buildings.

For years he has advocated for low-carbon buildings, both through the application of Passive House principles to reduce operating emissions and through the use of timber to reduce embodied emissions.

His recent work includes designing Canada’s Earth Tower in Vancouver, a proposed 38-storey mixed-use building built mainly of timber to Passive House standards. He was also the Project Architect for Orchard Commons, a large mixed-use hub at the University of British Columbia, and he led the design for numerous o ice projects planned for downtown Vancouver.

Most recently Derek worked alongside Diamond Schmitt on the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC and the Tommy Douglas Public Library in Burnaby BC – both of which reflect a deep commitment to practical, elegant design.

Derek is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a LEED accredited professional, a Certified Passive House Designer and has served on the Advisory Design Panels of New Westminster and Surrey, B.C.

“Having worked with Derek in Toronto and collaborated when he returned to Vancouver with his family, we are excited to welcome him back to Diamond Schmitt,” said Donald Schmitt, the firm’s co-founder.