University of Calgary
UofC Navigation


Search archival collections at the University of Calgary

Diamond, A. J. (Abel Joseph)

Identity area

Type of entity


Authorized form of name

Diamond, A. J. (Abel Joseph)

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence



Abel Joseph "Jack" Diamond was born in Piet Retief, South Africa, November 8th 1932. He received his Bachelor of Architecture, with distinction, at the University of Capetown in 1956, where he was awarded the Thornton White Prize for design, an Italian State Bursary and the Marley Scholarship. Diamond holds a Master's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, completed in 1958. In 1962, with the help of a Graham Foundation Scholarship, he completed a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Louis Kahn. In 1964, Diamond immigrated to Canada to become the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Toronto, a position he held until 1970. He has held full professor rank at York University and the University of Texas, and has taught as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, and University of California Berkeley. Diamond was made a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1980, was named an Honourary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1994, was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1995, and received a RAIC gold medal in 2001. Jack Diamond established his practice as A.J Diamond Architect in 1965. In 1969 Barton Myers joined the firm and the two practiced together as Diamond and Myers until 1975. A.J Diamond and Associates was formed when Diamond established his own firm in 1975.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Schmitt, Donald

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship


Type of relationship

Schmitt, Donald is the business partner of Diamond, A. J. (Abel Joseph)

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Related entity

Diamond and Schmitt Architects (1975-Present)

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship


Type of relationship

Diamond and Schmitt Architects is owned by Diamond, A. J. (Abel Joseph)

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Access points area


Control area

Authority record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Request archival material »

  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC