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Thunder Bay architect to head provincial body for second term

John Stephenson has been re-elected as president of the Ontario Association of Architects.
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John Stephenson, founding partner, FORM Architecture (OAA photo)

Thunder Bay architect John Stephenson has been re-elected as president of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

Stephenson served his first one-year term through 2017; he will serve a consecutive one-year term through 2018.

Stephenson is a founding partner at FORM Architecture Engineering, the largest architectural practice in northwestern Ontario, with a portfolio that includes a number of publicly funded institutional projects.

A graduate of the University of Toronto’s architecture faculty, he moved to Thunder Bay in 1980 where he worked with Graham Bacon Welter Architects & Consulting Engineers. 

He started his practice in 1986 as Kuch Stephenson Architects and then Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo Architects & Engineer, both predecessor firms to his current practice.

Stephenson is an active community volunteer and a frequent public speaker on sustainable design for the built environment for local, regional and provincial audiences.

He joined the OAA Council in 2013 and has served in a number of roles, including senior vice-president and treasurer.

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.