About NSA

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. The OAA is dedicated to promoting and increasing the knowledge, skill and proficiency of its members, and administering the Architects Act, in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

A society of the OAA, the Niagara Society of Architects (NSA) is one of 14 regional subsidiary non-profit organizations of professional architects, intern architects, or, individuals that, through their related professions/interests, are nominated as honorary members or sponsor members.

The NSA provides:

  • A venue for dialogue between regional architects
  • A support network for professional advice
  • Social interaction among the local architectural community
  • Opportunities for community leadership; and,
  • Continuing education.

Regularly, the NSA’s volunteer membership meets to exchange ideas and to promote their profession. As a public service they work to broaden the appreciation of architecture, urban design and the related arts. The NSA hosts many public education events that through the legacy of their practicing members, offer a strong knowledge base about current architectural theory and practice as well as providing independent opinion about issues that impact upon our local and global environment. Many of our members take particular interest in studying and informing others on various topics and / or case studies of our built heritage found here within the Niagara Peninsula.

The NSA has a mandate to: encourage and promote architectural excellence in the Niagara peninsula; be actively involved in programs that enhance the general level of public awareness and understanding of architecture and the architectural profession through education; and, locally promote the importance of architectural design in our culture and our environment.

Annually the NSA offers a  $1,000.00 bursary to a Niagara student who has been accepted into a school of architecture or an architectural technologist program. Annually the NSA contributes a $1,000.00 donation to Niagara Doors Open, in 2007 we raised $2,500.00 in community support. Last years the NSA hosted a lecture on the Arts and Crafts movement and examples highlights in the Toronto and Southern Ontario regions.

In 2007 the NSA completed a 25min DVD on two local architects practicing in St. Catharines in the 1920's. The NSA website has been redesigned and we now have a 30 second sample of our DVD available. The NSA mounted an Exhibit "Un-built Niagara" as part of the 2007 Doors Open Niagara Gala Event. Annually the NSA participates in the Doors Open Niagara Photo Contest. Annually the NSA participates as a juror for the Niagara Community Design Awards - Smart Growth