VANCOUVER — Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced that Derek Newby has returned to the firm as a principal at its Vancouver office.
The firm stated Newby has extensive experience designing mixed-use, office and academic facilities and is a national leader in sustainable design and high-performance buildings.
Newby has spent years championing low-carbon structures through Passive House principles and timber construction.
“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 in a press release.
One of Newby’s recent projects was 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 (UBC) and he led the design for numerous office projects planned for downtown Vancouver.
Newby most recently worked with Diamond Schmitt on the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC and the Tommy Douglas Public Library in Burnaby, B.C.
Newby 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.
“I’m delighted to rejoin my colleagues here and look forward to expanding our presence in B.C., across Western Canada and into the U.S.,” said Newby in a press release.
Diamond Schmitt Architects has studios in Toronto, New York and Vancouver.