Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Sector: Private Sector
Sydney Browne is passionate about design and in particular its ability to affect positive social change and foster well-being where we live, work and learn. Through her 30+ years as an architect, Sydney has made significant design contributions to building thriving academic, cultural and healthcare facilities across the GTA. Over two decades with Diamond Schmitt, Sydney has risen to become a principal and one of the firm’s leading experts in community, academic and healthcare facilities, participating in the design and renewal of such complex buildings as Women’s College Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, and more recently Michael Garron Hospital. The Just for Kids Clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Centre was awarded an international CODA award for integration of art within architecture, creating a delightful environment for some of West Toronto’s youngest patients. Sydney’s contributions to the public realm extend beyond healthcare, helping to foster civic well-being across the region. Sydney joined DSA to work on the Four Seasons Centre and was a key contributor to renewal of the Ontario Science Centre and North York Public Library. Her Oshawa UOIT Library received awards in 2006 from the American Library Association for the best North American academic library, as well the Society of College and University Planning highest award for sustainable innovative campus design. The Centennial College Library/Academic Building received the OAA Design Award for best project of the year. Through thoughtful and informed design, Sydney’s projects build community, creating innovative space for learning, well-being, and engagement within the city.