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Established in 1936

J.P. Thomson Architects Ltd is a full-service architectural firm

Specializing in site and building design with special emphasis on projects for education, civic, cultural, government and complex institutional. We have a wealth of expertise in developing solutions that meet the programmatic and economic objectives of our many clients and have been honored to complete hundreds of projects over five decades in the following areas: 


Adam Wakulchik

Adam is a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). After studying Architecture at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Adam graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Master of Architecture degree with High Distinction. His knowledge of steel detailing and fabrication proves invaluable on every project as his knowledge of fabrication has been developed through both hands-on and theoretical experience. He has worked on the firm’s complex conceptual designs, and has extensive experience with contract document production. Adam displays a high attention to detail and problem-solving skills along with strong communication skills which enable him to produce highly professional work — day in and day out. Further, Adam often leads or supports the firm’s construction administration services. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from private sector and public sector work of numerous scales and complexities.

Colin McDonald

Colin is a licensed architect, a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a LEED Accredited Professional. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Windsor, Colin graduated with an Honours Degree with High Distinction in architecture from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Here he embraced the studio atmosphere as a foundation for critical thinking, dialogue and creativity. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from urban design to commercial and institutional buildings. He has experience in all phases of project delivery including site and master planning, coordination of consulting teams, construction documentation, bidding and contract administration.

Gerard Gutierrez

Gerard has over 15 years of experience working in the Architectural profession. After completing his undergrad at Lawrence Technological University, he obtained his Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto with a focus on architecture’s impact in urban environments. Gerard utilized these formative experiences and applied them to a wide array of projects throughout his career. From working on museum and skyscraper designs in Northern Europe to complex education and office transformations throughout South Western Ontario and the Midwest, his work exemplifies high design. In addition to Urban Design works, he has also designed numerous workplace and social space projects for Ford, General Motors, and Google. He has coordinated housing masterplans, adaptive-reuse building designs and urban art installations.

This wealth of local and international work, along with diverse project experiences, has empowered Gerard with a unique perspective on the evolving nature of design. He also aims to engage with his community through activities like teaching in the Architectural Technology Program at the College level and serving as the Education and Outreach chair for the Windsor Region Society of Architects.

Jacqueline McLeod

Jacqueline has a proven record of accomplishment in client relations, contract documentation and construction administration. She is highly adept at translating client needs and projects requirements into clear, well-developed contract documentation sets. Her leadership skills extend beyond the office as she is able to move projects into the construction phase and easily manage construction administration actives and services for the firm. Jacqueline is also keenly interested in developing interiors which complement the overall architectural objectives and works with the interior team to find brilliant and alluring solutions. She has successfully managed consulting teams for numerous small, medium and large projects.

Li Ling Bae

Ms. Bae is an AWI-certified millwork specialist and a leading project manager with vast experience in project coordination and estimating. Combined with a technical background that includes work in the millwork industry, Ms. Bae’s expertise shines during construction, where she is able to handle project management with great thoroughness. She has coordinated the architectural detailing and fabrication of both interior and exterior systems with an acute eye for minimizing project costs to clients. In her nearly two-decades of experience in the design and construction industry, she has worked on projects across North America and she showcases her masterful organizational skills on every project. As a crucial member of our team, she has worked with clients, consultants, general contractors and installers to ensure every project exceeds design, cost and schedule goals.

Mark Beaulieu

Mark is an experienced and seasoned professional dedicated to the advancement of business and architectural practice. He has spent his entire career positioning himself as a leader and established resource of technical and construction-based information for integration into daily work. After returning to the firm from long-term positions in construction estimating, he was named Associate in 1990. He has over 35 years of experience in business and management and has worked on countless projects in Canada and in the United States.

Sophia Simone

Sophia began her education with a Portfolio Scholarship at University of Windsor as a Bachelor of Fine Art’s student. After a year of enhancing her creative knowledge and abilities, she transferred to Architecture at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology and graduated top of her class with Academic Distinction. She continued onto Lawrence Technological University and graduated with a Master of Architecture with high distinction. During her working career, Ms. Simone has employed her keen communicative skills through project design and construction documentation. Her attention to detail and creative background allow here to approach projects through a unique lens where design and technical needs merge. She has been involved in historical upgrades, including the full facade upgrade at Walkerville Collegiate Institute, Windsor, ON.

Valerie Hanna

With over 10 years of experience and a history of achievement in complex architectural and construction projects, Mrs. Hanna has amassed a wealth of design and construction knowledge which comes to bear on every project. As an enthusiastic and driven professional, Valerie displays high technical abilities along with strong communication skills which enable her to produce stellar work. Her most valuable skill set is her ability to develop sound, well-thought and concise contract documents. As a Contract Document Job Captain, Valerie is able to clearly organize the consulting team, work with Project Designers and Technical Director to fulfil the design expectations and meet project schedule milestones.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
  • Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA)
  • Intern Architect Program – Ontario Association of Architects (IAP)
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC)
  • Windsor Region Society of Architects (WRSA)
  • Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
  • LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) National Council of Architectural
  • Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Quality Certification Program (QCP) 
  • Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2021 Built Heritage Award – Hon. W.C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute Historical Restoration
  • 2021 Built Heritage Award – John Campbell Public School Historical Restoration
  • 2020, Built Heritage Award City of Windsor – Hugh Beaton Public School Masonry Restoration
  • 2020, Built Heritage Award City of Windsor – Queen Victoria Public School Masonry Restoration
  • 2020, Built Heritage Award City of Windsor – Prince Edward Public School Masonry Restoration
  • 2014, Ontario Masonry Design Awards, Structural Masonry (Nomination)
    Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12
  • 2013, WAN Civic Building Award
    Leamington Municipal Building
  • 2011, Award of Excellence, Windsor Construction Association
    Windsor Family Credit Union Corporate Headquarters
  • 2011, Award of Distinction, Windsor Construction Association
    St. Angela Merici Church, New Hall
  • 2011, Award of Distinction, Windsor Construction Association
    City of Windsor Income Security Building
  • 2010, West Regional Winner, Ontario Masonry Design Awards
    St. Anne’s Catholic High School
  • 2010, West Regional Winner, Ontario Masonry Design Awards
    Holy Cross Elementary School Ontario
  • 2005, RPIC Award-Group Award-Special Accomplishment, Real Property Institute of Canada
  • Windsor Armoury & Police Training Facility
    2005, Built Heritage Award, Windsor Heritage Committee
  • J.P. Thomson Architects Ltd. Studio & Office
    1995, Award of Merit, Windsor Construction Association
  • Windsor – Detroit Tunnel & Plaza Redevelopment
  • 1990, Special Award, Windsor Construction Association
  • 1987, Award of Merit, Windsor Construction Association
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
    1984, Award of Merit, Windsor Construction Association
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
    1982, Award of Merit, Windsor Construction Association
  • Windsor Fire Station #2
    1980, Award of Merit, Windsor Construction Association
  • St. Clair Resource Centre
    1980, Award of Excellence, Ontario Masonry Design Awards
    Municipal Complex-St. Clair Beach
  • 1980, Award of Excellence, Ontario Masonry Design Awards
    Church of the Atonement
  • 1980, Design Award, Ontario Association of Architects (Honourable Mention)
    Church of the Atonement Building

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