ABOUT

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! 

OUR TEAM

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John Willmott

B.E.S, B. ARCH, OAA, MRAIC

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!

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Craig Esposti

B. ARCH, OAA, LEED AP ASSOCIATE

 

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.

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Emelie Vea

B. ARCH

 

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. 

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Steve Hewis

B. TECH., OAAAS

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.

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Pawel Miczan

DIP. ARCH. TECH., LIC. TECH., OAA

 

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.

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Aseel Mahmood

B.Sc. Arch.

 

A graduate from the Architectural program at University of Baghdad, Aseel has a long international experience in designing and managing residential projects ranging from single residence to multi-unit development projects. After finishing the Ontarian IPLAN post-professional bridging program at Ryerson University in 2020 and working on residential and commercial projects, Aseel joined the firm in 2021 as an Intern Architect.

Having worked and lived in Baghdad, Istanbul, and Ontario, Aseel has developed an insight into different cultural and climate aspects.

 

Aseel loves cooking, traveling, and hiking. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters.

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Tim Badiuk

M. Arch. BED, Dip. Arch. Tech. B.A

A recent graduate from Dalhousie School of Architecture, Tim holds a Master of Architecture, a Bachelor of Environmental Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a diploma in Architectural Technology. Tim joined the firm in 2021 as an Intern Architect.

Originally from New Brunswick, Tim has lived in several Canadian cities as well as Lisbon, Portugal. Tim loves to travel, is a car fanatic, and a dog dad to ‘Jake from Accounting’.

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Hayley Sykes 

B.A.S., M. Arch.

Hayley grew up in the Burlington Oakville area where she developed a fondness for art and design early in life. She holds a Bachelor's of Architectural Studies and Master’s of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Hayley brings a unique perspective to the firm having interned and studied in New York City, Munich, Rome, and Toronto. She has worked on both modern residential architecture and historic house renovations. Hayley joined the firm in 2021 as an intern architect and is working towards her OAA license.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys painting, knitting, yoga, and skiing.

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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.

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Erica Sharp

BA. ID

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.

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Loren Smarda

Dip. Dec.

Growing up with artists and musicians in her family, Loren developed a creative mindset at an early age. Combining this with her love of helping others led her to Sheridan College for design. She has a well-rounded background in the interior design industry; working with custom furniture, millwork and construction. Loren has also been published as an interior stylist in Home in Canada magazine. 

When not at work, Loren enjoys playing music, cooking and spending time outdoors at her family cottage — where a lot of her inspiration has come from over the years.

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Gaby Montejo

Dip. ID

Pura Vida! which means 'Pure Life', is a saying used in Costa Rica where Gabriela is originally from. One of its many meanings is taking the time to enjoy the company of family and friends in a pleasant surrounding. Gaby's passion for creativity started long before attending the Interior Design program at Sheridan College, where she obtained her diploma in 2005. After 15 years of experience in the industry, specializing in custom millwork design, she continues to carry the Costa Rican phrase as inspiration for connecting with others and assisting them in creating spaces that reflect their own version of 'pure life' by combining beauty, functionality and comfort.

Gaby is a devoted wife and mom to two little girls. She enjoys keeping active, spending time in nature and discovering new music.

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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.

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