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Context and Content

The Memoir of a Fortunate Architect

Available May 17th 2022

$ 22.99


A deeply personal memoir from one of Canada's most celebrated architects.

A.J. Diamond is rightly recognized as a leader in modern architecture. In this highly personal account of his life and work, Diamond shares how he came to be the founder of the leading architecture firm Diamond Schmitt.

From hitchhiking two thousand kilometres at age sixteen from South Africa to Rhodesia; to heading off to university, where he had considerable rugby success, first closer to home in Cape Town, then at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania; to landing in Toronto, where he founded Diamond Schmitt, one of Canada’s largest and most successful architecture firms, Diamond has led an extraordinary life.

Context and Content provides insights into some of Diamond’s seminal architectural projects, including the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the most significant building in Russia in decades; Jerusalem’s City Hall; and Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which has some of the best acoustics in the world.

Diamond’s work and influence can be seen from New York to Texas, Vancouver to Montreal, where context and content interplay in his buildings. A world-renowned architect, his memoir is evidence of a life well spent.


A.J. Diamond

A.J. Diamond studied at the University of Cape Town, at Oxford, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He is one of the world’s most prominent and innovative architects, a Royal Architecture of Canada Gold Medallist, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of Ontario. He lives in Toronto.

Book Details

May 2022
5.5x8.5 in
152 pp