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 (NSoA) is one of 14 regional subsidiary non-profit architectural societies.  We consist of professional architects, intern architects, architecture students, foreign-qualified architects and, individuals with related professions/interests, who are nominated as honorary members or sponsor members.

The NSoA provides:

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

The NSoA’s volunteer membership meets regularly to exchange ideas and to promote their profession. As a public service we work to broaden the appreciation of architecture, urban design and the related arts. The NSoA 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.

Our mandate is 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.

The NSoA offers a bursary to Niagara students who are studying in the following year at a school of architecture.  If you are interested in applying, contact one of the NSoA members for information on how to apply. 

In 2007 the NSoA completed a 20min DVD on two local architects practicing in St. Catharines in the 1920's that is now available on our website, DOMESTIC GEMS. The NSoA  participates in many community activities, being involved in exhibitions, design awards, cultural events, and through the sponsorship of an architecture + design film series.