In establishing his own firm, John Willmott satisfied his long time vision that brought together his passion for architecture and his entrepreneurial sensibility. Since forming JWA in 2000, John has built the firm using three founding principles - to provide thoughtful design, complete documentation and extraordinary personal service to our clients. The strength of our firm is rooted in our commitment to our founding values. Your design and building experience should be enjoyable. We expect that our clients will advocate our services without hesitation and excelling in our service is the only way to achieve this.


Our firm focus is on custom residential projects including new houses, cottages, additions, renovations, and interiors.   Our portfolio is proudly diverse in style, scale and budget as we respond to our clients goals and visions of their homes.  While we are lesser known for our commercial work,  projects in the areas of office, industrial, retail, churches and recreation facilities comprise the balance of our project list.   


We hope you enjoy perusing our portfolio pages to see a collage of our work! 


John Willmott


Establishing his own firm was a goal of John’s from the day he graduated University of Waterloo’s Architecture program.   To have grown the firm over the past 20 plus years into a well respected studio with great team members is an achievement John is proud of.  He also takes pride from establishing our Student Design Competition and seeing the youthful spirit of aspiring architects.  


When not “at work” John enjoys family time with his wife and two children as a sports fan and relaxing and their cottage - a project of his own that never seems to be quite complete!


Craig Esposti



Craig graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture program at Carleton University in 1997, and a couple of years later joined the team at John Willmott Architect Inc., where he completed his internship before receiving his architectural license with the OAA in 2007. Now with over 20 years at JWA Inc., Craig is an associate architect with the firm, and manages projects of all sizes, from early design through to construction.


Craig has a particular interest in energy performance and sustainability as they relate to construction. In that pursuit, he acquired the LEED® AP designation in 2008, and continues to look for new & innovative solutions to the way we build.


Emelie Vea



A graduate of University of Toronto, Emelie has been with JWA since 2000. As a senior graduate architect, she manages residential architecture particularly in heritage districts. She has several projects that were featured in design publications and that have earned awards. Passionate about her work, she thrives in her role of mentoring secondary students in our popular JWA student Co-op program.


Emelie is fond of foreign and indie films. Though terrified of the water, she recently decided it is time she learned to sail and has been enjoying the activity  with her husband. 


Steve Hewis


Steve grew up in Whitby, ON, and graduated from Henry Street High School in 1992. He then studied architecture at Ryerson Polytechnic University, graduating with a B. Tech. Arch. Science in 1998. After working for 5 year on condominiums in Toronto, he began working at JWA in 2003. Steve enjoys working on all aspects of the projects at JWA, but particularly revels in construction drawings and documentation.


Steve plays many musical instruments, but focuses on trumpet and french horn. He is president of the Burlington Concert Band, a volunteer community band, and he regularly writes music that the band performs.


Pawel Miczan



Born in Poland, Pawel attended Humber College where he obtained his diploma in Architectural Technology. He is currently working towards a RAIC Syllabus professional diploma. Pawel not only completes site measures, working drawings and details he has also become the resident IT consultant for JWA.

Besides keeping up with his 3 young children, Pawel enjoys playing soccer and tinkering with computers in his free time.


Tony Mai

B.A.S., M. ARCH.


A recent graduate from the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, Tony holds a Bachelor’s of Architectural Studies and Master’s of Architecture. Since joining the firm in the summer of 2020 as an Intern Architect, Tony has become an integral part of the team utilizing his artistic skills to create stunning renderings.

Tony enjoys travelling, photography and drawing.


Candice Laughlin


Candice brings 15 years of experience in the design industry and has been an integral part of the JWA Interiors team for the past 8. Her love of art and sculpture led her to Ryerson University where she earned a Bachelor of Architectural Science Degree. She exhibits a unique flair in her designs which encapsulates her dynamic personality and vibrant life experiences. Having grown up in the Caribbean these influences are evident in her work though her appreciation of natural forms and vivid colours, all beautifully complemented with a functional sense of style.

When not at work, Candice cherishes her time with her husband and two young boys, travelling back to the Caribbean whenever possible.


Erica Sharp


Growing up in a highly creative family, Erica followed in the footsteps of her acclaimed Aunt as an Interior Designer. She is an Award-winning and published designer who holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Humber College. With over a decade in the industry, she is repeatedly recognized for creative, conceptual and analytical talents. Erica joined the JWA team in 2017 and has been instrumental in expanding the services within the interiors department. 

A self-proclaimed modern day hippie, Erica is a dedicated vegan and Tesla driver that enjoys travelling, playing hockey, golf and hiking with her husband and Border Terrier Hank.


Julie Glasson

For the past 26 years, Julie has been self-employed as a small business consultant working with a variety of clients to provide financial management services. She has enjoyed working with JWA since June of 2010 and assists with the bookkeeping and management of the financial aspects of the projects.

In her spare time she is a devoted mom to her school-aged daughter and her two furkids.


The process of building a project from beginning to end

The steps to starting and completing a project is often confusing. Let us be the experts and your guide through the process. JWA is a full service office, meaning we offer professional architectural services from schematic design through to the preparation of construction documents and on to site review and contract administration. Work with us with the comfort of knowing we will take your project from beginning to end with ease and success.