Jennifer Mallard  

Jennifer Mallard
Jennifer Mallard is a community-focused architect, creating social spaces that intimately engage the public. She is a Principal with Diamond Schmitt and recognized for nurturing the firm’s cultural and institutional contributions. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York, Diamond Schmitt has been responsible for a range of outstanding architecture, including the design of performing arts centres world-wide, including the Mariinsky II in St Petersburg, the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, Marlborough College in the U.K., Harman Centre for the Arts in Washington, D.C., Detroit Symphony Hall, Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas and the recently announced re-launch of the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Centre in New York.

An alumnus of Carleton University, Jennifer began her career, working with various design firms in Ottawa, Vancouver, London, and Toronto. Over the past three decades, she has been at the frontlines in the creation and execution of civic buildings, the ones that make people and communities thrive, including public libraries, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, and her favorite—performing arts centres.

For her keynote, Jennifer will speak about two of her recent projects: The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre in Toronto. Selected for their astounding impact on their communities, these two projects represent both ends of the spectrum—one a large-scale national institution and the other, a new home to small grassroots arts organizations. Through these examples, Jennifer will illustrate the opportunities and responsibilities we face in public architecture, citing collaboration and civic engagement to be the critical ingredient in their success for posterity. She has also decided to donate her honorarium, split equally to the National Arts Centre’s Creation Fund and Regent School of Music—both supporting creative explorations, and close to her heart.