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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.



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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