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The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) congratulates Bill Birdsell, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC on his re-election as President for 2014.

In his second term, Mr. Birdsell continues his commitment to encouraging a greater awareness and understanding of the value of architectural services, architects and architecture.

“Architects are leaders in impacting change” he says. “Today’s challenges require collaboration from the community at all levels and a leader to find the best creative solution. Architects work to design solutions which positively impact business, health, culture and education.”

Under his leadership, OAA Council paid off its Toronto Headquarters mortgage in 2013.

“This is a real milestone accomplishment for the profession,” says Bill Birdsell. “The mortgage has been paid off 15 years earlier than originally anticipated, which provides an opportunity moving forward.”

Always with an eye to the bottom line, Birdsell is not just a proponent of sustainability in the built environment, but also advocates for the long-term sustainability of the architectural profession. The number of members continues to grow with now more than 5,000.

In January the OAA launched the OAA+2030 Professional Series™ to give design professionals the knowledge to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings--and provides practices with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. These 10-sessions, one per month, are taking place in Toronto and Ottawa. This is the first time the series has been designed and offered in Canada.

Mr. Birdsell joined OAA Council in 2009. Prior to becoming President in 2013, he participated on several committees and served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for two years.

Mr. Birdsell is the principal of J. William Birdsell Architect in Guelph, Ontario, a full-service architectural firm with a portfolio spanning a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. Birdsell is particularly passionate about the environmental impact of buildings and the adaptive re-use of existing structures.

After receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1982, he completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1984. In 1987, he joined the OAA and opened his own practice. Three years later he merged with William R Jarrett to form Jarrett + Birdsell Architects Inc.

On top of his volunteer commitments to the OAA, Mr. Birdsell is an active member of City of Guelph, Committee of Adjustment. He has also served on the board of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company and the OAAAS Board of Representatives. He is invited as a guest speaker at numerous engagements and contributes to several publications.

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. The OAA’s mission is to represent, regulate, support and promote the profession of architecture in the interest of all Ontarians, and to lead the design and delivery of built form in the Province of Ontario.

Souce: The Globe and Mail. March 10, 2014.

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