Ottawa, ON Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Ottawa home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through Ottawa, ON interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Design First is the most awarded residential interior design firm in Ottawa. Since 1986 Design First has become... Read More
Ottawa's Experts in Kitchen & Bath Design 6x Best of Houzz Winner
Using a proven design experience, we expertly interpret our clients’ unique wishes, needs & lifestyles to create...
Imagine a home that is unmistakably yours – innovatively designed exactly to your requirements, expertly... Read More
Ottawa Area's Trusted Architecture Firm Since '96 | 4x Best of Houzz
Our approach to modern residential design includes a strong focus on environmental responsibility. Building...
Since the inception of the firm in 1996, Christopher Simmonds Architect has provided a broad range of clients... Read More
Ottawa's Award Winning Residential Designer Best of Houzz 2017
Award winning residential designer for new construction, renovations, landscape and interiors. We specialize in...
Mission: We listen to our clients and spend time getting to know them so we can understand how their needs and... Read More
Mississauga's Established Leaders in Integrated Design Services
Offering addition, interior remodelling, new construction for small to mid scale projects for both residential...
Offices in Stittsville (Ottawa) and Pembroke to serve clients throughout the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(613) 831-9688
  • 16 miles from Ottawa, 16 projects in Ottawa
Ottawa Award Winning Design+Build Experts Best of Houzz 2013-2018
We guarantee craftsman quality that is on-time and on-budget with no surprises at the end of your renovation. We...
Architecture: The singular word that binds humanity together with Love, passion, functionality & creativity... Read More
  • Click to Call(613) 883-3830
  • 1 mile from Ottawa, 15 projects in Ottawa
Greater Toronto's Multi-Disciplinary Architectural Design Firm
Our team is devoted to providing our clients with exceptional service and are eager to facilitate owners to...
Ottawa's Personal Architecture and Design Firm
John Donkin is a licensed architect with nearly thirty years of architectural experience preceded by seven years'...
Custom homes and award winning interior design at a National Level. Winner at the "CHBA" "Canadian Home Builder'... Read More
Ottawa Area's Most Experienced Architect + Building Designer
Established in 1993, SAI Consulting is a dynamic architectural technology firm. We like to develop long-term...
Ottawa's Premier Firm for High Level Design and Service -Best of Houzz
Whether your project is a small renovation or a new home, it will get our full attention. We will work on the...
Linebox is a design studio. As an Architect I understand design as a cultural act which engages our everyday... Read More
Oakville's Design Driven Architectural Firm
We specialize in custom residential projects in the city and country as well as small-scale commercial/...
Oakville's Premier Architecture Firm Best of Houzz 2013-2017!
Since 2009, SMPL Design Studio has been providing unique, affordable and custom architectural design services to...
John Donkin is a licensed architect with nearly thirty years of architectural experience preceded by seven years'... Read More
Ottawa's Elite Architectural Design Solutions
Shean Architects Inc. is an innovative turnkey Architecture firm serving the greater Ottawa area. We specialize...
Oakville Area Architecture Firm for High End Custom Homes
1Riser Designs opened its doors in 2003 with over a decade of experience in Custom Home Design, Project...
Award winning residential designer for new construction, renovations, landscape and interiors. We specialize in... Read More
Oakville's High End Architectural & Design Firm- Best of Houzz 14'-18'
MEMAR Architects Inc., is a south Ontario based architectural firm, with over 12 years of experience in design,...
Ottawa's Custom Residential Architecture Firm Best of Houzz Award 2016, 2017, 2018 CREATIVE. ... Read More
The Most Innovative & Dynamic Architecture Firm in Oakville
We provide custom architectural design solutions tailored to your unique needs. Our comprehensive services...
We are a full service residential design firm based in Ottawa Ontario. Our firm specializes in modern,... Read More
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Southern Ontario’s Integrated Design and Construction Firm
Our transparent process and app puts you at the centre of the architectural design and build process by providing...
Award winning interior design and architecture has earned Southam Design a reputation of being fresh, creative... Read More
Ottawa Architect & Designer Best of Houzz 2013, 2014 2015, 2016, 2017
Southam Design is known for their high level of detail, their ability to think outside of the box and in the end...
Our primary objective is to provide the highest level of personal service, openness and commitment to our clients... Read More
Award Winning Oakville Custom Home Designer | Best of Houzz 2014-2018
David Small Designs is an award winning custom home design firm that specializes designing the perfect home for...
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Ottawa's Unique Custom Home Design and Renovation Company
Andre Godin Design, Inc. specializes in unique custom home design and major residential renovations. The firm is...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
Design First Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"I first met Friedman of Design First Interiors years ago when we hired him to help us plan the layout of our new kitchen. He is very knowledgeable and was a pleasure to work with. I have seen some of his latest work and can tell you that this man has talent! I would highly recommend him for any design project."
- caseyma
Amsted Design-Build
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"I have had the good pleasure of working with Amsted Design Build for almost 15 years on a wide range of projects. Their project supervision & construction teams are first rate, and they have provided my clients with many award winning results! They are a great choice for any renovation project."
- Chuck Mills Design
Christopher Simmonds Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"The Firms attention to detail and commitment to good design is well received by all its clients that I have had the pleasure of working with as well. CSA is definitely a game changer for the Ottawa community."
- NATHAN KYLE
Chuck Mills Design
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"Chuck Mills helped us put our vision to paper and we now have a spectacular home. We gave Chuck a basic idea and he was able to fit all the pieces together and design an incredible living space. He also added a number of small details on the outside that have helped our house stand out. I would not hesitate to recommend Chuck to family, friends and colleagues."
- Ross RL
Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"We remember our first meeting with Jim when he was still with David Malling, first impression Jim is an excellent listener. We had done our research and were full of ideas on what we wanted in a home. Our dream home was not simple, curved walls, interesting roof lines, timber frame beams, oversized windows and doors, a massive fireplace, Jim made it all come to life on paper. Some of Jim's best attributes were his calm manner, promptness and availability. He was always reachable or prompt in getting back if we or our general contractor had a question or an issue. This was so reassuring especially when you are in the thick of a project of this magnitude. Building a home from scratch is never easy, but Jim helped simplify some decision making. His sample charts for example for the exterior of our home, he had choices for colour/style/texture to help us envision where we wanted stone versus brick and wood siding. When we think back on our overall experience in building our beautiful home, hiring Jim to design it was one of the best decisions we had made. Thanks Jim for making our dream come true !!!!!!"
- Lee
Ha2 Architectural Design
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"Houry is a gifted Architectural Designer with all the qualities you'd look for in a talented, modern, and creative architect. Her design is clean, with elements of nature seamlessly merging the styles for both beauty, and function."
- JVLphotography
Hierarchy Development & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"We have worked with John at HDD for a number of years on many projects and continue to work with him on a regular basis. He is very profession, has a high attention to detail, and has great communication skills. Through the years we have found him to be extremely helpful and that he has great vision to create wonderful designs. We highly recommend John to anyone looking for a professional architectural technologist."
- Dalton Distinctive Renovations
LineBox Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"Linebox Studio did an amazing job. They worked closely with us to design our restaurant and were a great support during construction and opening! We would hire Andrew and his team again in a second."
- lucaskate
John Donkin Architect Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"My wife and I interviewed several architects. What we found interesting about John was his unique approach. We knew we would get his full attention and that was exactly what he delivered. Building an infill is tricky. Maximizing natural light and interesting sight lines was a challenge that John was up for. In the end our home is something that we were thrilled with. With time the small but important design details constantly remind us of how special and talented John is. John Donkin has a unique portfolio and provides individual and focused attention to each project."
- robmarland
Michael Kilpatrick Design
Architects and Building Designers in Ottawa, ON
"I enjoyed working with Michael on this project which was a major renovation of my 1980s era kitchen and dining area (see Havelock photos). Michael worked patiently with me to determine what I wanted and encouraged me to think outside the existing 'box' that was my old kitchen. He was very professional and honest in providing advice and design options. He made me feel that I was part of the design process and my ideas and needs were of the upmost importance in the end result. He had a number of unique ideas that really added to the renovation (for example small display shelves inserted on the kitchen and dining room side of a half wall, uniquely designed coat rack and bench for my front entrance, etc). The contractor that he recommended was first class and extremely professional. The reaction of friends and family who have seen the renovation has been overwhelmingly positive and the most frequent comment is "Wow". Overall, I am very satisfied with the entire process from design to completion and would highly recommend Michael as a dedicated professional who takes pride in his work to produce an outstanding result."
- John Orr
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How do I find the best Ottawa architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Ontario subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the Ottawa residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Different architecture firms in Ottawa, ON provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Residential architects in Ottawa, ON are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective Ottawa interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


Find a home architect in Ottawa, ON on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Ottawa architects. You may also look through photos of Ontario projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Quebec, Saint-pascal-baylon, Kars, Carlsbad Springs and Ramsayville.

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