Gary McCluskie is a Principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects. In over twenty-five years with the firm, he has led the design of award-winning cultural, institutional and residential buildings with a focus on public and assembly spaces.
He is currently leading the design team (in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio) for the re-creation of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the home of the New York Philharmonic in New York City. The design brief calls for the new concert hall and public spaces to support the evolution of the symphonic art-form for the next 50 years, and to engage both new audiences and new technologies.
A significant focus of Gary’s work has been the design of performing arts spaces, where design themes have explored creating a community within the performance spaces as well as reimagining the engagement of the building within the urban context. He was the Managing Principal for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto; Montreal’s concert hall, La Maison Symphonique; Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C.; the New Mariinsky opera house in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, a four-stage venue in St. Catharines, Ontario that opened in
2015. And most recently, the Lyric Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts opened in 2017, where the innovative design wraps the audience with interactive LED lighting to extend the immersive character of the stage to the entire audience chamber.
Gary also designs libraries, where the evolution of this building type in the age of digital media has led to designs that refocus the institution in support of a broader range of community activities. Completed projects include the academic e-learning library in North Bay, and the Gerstein Library at the University of Toronto. Two projects currently under construction continue the exploration of these themes: the Robarts Common, a new wing to Robarts Library at the University of Toronto that focusses exclusively
on the creation of 1200 study spaces; and the renovation of the North York Central Library, a reimagining of Toronto’s busiest branch library to include additional individual and group study spaces as well as public access to emerging technologies such as 3D printing.
He has also led the design of other public building types including city halls, such as the LEED Gold certified administration building in Cambridge, Ontario; recreation facilities including the community focused McCormick Community Centre in Toronto; and museums including the interactive environment of the Weston Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre.
Many of his projects have been recognized with design awards including the Governor General’s Medal for the Richmond Hill Library, the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects for the Etobicoke Memorial Pool, and the American Library Association Award for the Pierre Berton Resource Library as the best public library in North America.