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About the HBSA.

Established in 1913, the Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects (HBSA) is comprised of members and affiliates from the local architecture community.


The HBSA represents the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) locally, providing communication, public relations and professional development for its members.

The HBSA is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of 5 positions: a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and the Past Chair. These positions are filled by way of elections held at the Annual Meeting of the HBSA.

Members can look to the HBSA as a resource for practice and technical information. In addition, the HBSA shall provide a central focal point for professional development, education, community and social activities – ensuring these activities are accessible to members.

The HBSA is actively involved in establishing programs designed to enhance the general public’s understanding of architecture and the profession of architecture. By organizing events that deal with local issues, the HBSA can present factual demonstrations illustrating how the profession of architecture can contribute to the local community.

Our Current Executive

Rebecca Beatty

Executive Member

Sandra Iskandar

Executive Member

Jen Kinnunen


Esther Link


Devin Braun


About YAH+

​Free to join, YAH+ is a group of young Architects, Architectural Technologists and Technicians, Interior Designers and other design professionals who live and/or work in the Hamilton area.

YAH’s focus is to represent and promote the young and aspiring members of the architectural community in Hamilton. By facilitating conversations about how architecture and its many related fields can influence a community, YAH aims to help build up Hamilton’s bright future. 

Is YAH+ the right group for me?

YAH+ is the group for you if you are looking for a welcoming and relaxed environment within which to discuss career aspirations, ask questions, seek advice or just connect with other people within the industry over a pint or basket of fries.


Our members are people working within the architecture industry who are either under 40 years old, new to the profession, or new to the Hamilton/Burlington area. This includes:

  • students of architecture or any of its related fields

  • intern architects or intern technologists

  • architects

  • interior designers

  • architectural technologists

  • architectural technicians

  • landscape architects

  • foreign trained architects & designers new to Hamilton/Burlington

If you would like more information or are interested in joining the HBSA or YAH+ please sign up through the form found on our Contact page.

About the OAA
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is charged with the duty of regulating the practice of architecture, to govern its members, and uphold the regulations and by-laws of the OAA in order that the public interest may be served and protected. 
In order to fulfill its duty, the OAA has provided additional objects to carry-out its primary charge: Standards of knowledge and skill among its members, Standards of practice, and Standards of ethics must all be established, maintained and developed. In addition, the OAA is dedicated to the promotion of, and public appreciation of, architecture and the allied arts and sciences.
The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. 

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