The Ottawa Torah Centre

The Ottawa Torah Centre (OTC) was founded in a Barrhaven basement in 1997 and since then has grown into its new facility. The OTC is committed to embracing and promoting Jewish pride and community through education and engagement, offering dynamic and adaptable educational and social programs.

In 2006, the OTC Community secured a piece of land on Lamplighters Drive in Barrhaven that would become the location of their permanent home. On May 12, 2013, The OTC leaders were joined by prominent community members and stakeholders and they officially broke ground on the 1.4 acre lot on which the new facility would be built.

The Barry J. Hobin & Associates team, with rich experience in designing innovative and sensible community-based institutions and centres for education and worship, were engaged to bring the OTC’s vision to fruition.  Built by McDonald Brothers Construction, the new Torah Centre opened its doors in Fall of 2014.  A master carpenter from Israel was engaged to create the custom Ark and Bema.


The new centre will not only support OTC’s growing list of programs and collaborations, but will serve as a 3,500 square foot gathering hall and provide classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, a Judaic library and a Synagogue. The new OTC institution is the first of its kind in Barrhaven, with a permanent, community-driven building set within a high density residential community.

We challenge you to make a donation in support of the Ottawa Torah Centre and its community initiatives by visiting    #GivingBack




#GivingBack Challenge

The Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects team has a long history of investing in our community – both from a design and philanthropic perspective.  We consider ourselves lucky to live and work in such a dynamic city and to take advantage of the opportunities that allow us to give back to our community.

As we begin a new year and look forward to all that 2015 has to offer, we have decided to challenge ourselves – and our peers – to a New Year’s resolution.  To that end, we are pleased to introduce #GivingBack 2015. 



Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects’ long history of social responsibility will be shared and leveraged to bring awareness to a different charity or cause each month. The Giving Back campaign will be framed as a challenge to encourage the community and BJHA’s peers within the Ottawa Construction industry to support some of the many charitable organizations that need help, be it donations, volunteers or generating awareness.

 Throughout the year, the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team will call on our existing partnerships and/or identify a new charity or cause we are drawn to and we will support them in some way (by providing a financial contribution, volunteering our time, calling on our colleagues and social media followers for support, or some combination thereof) for one month.  In addition to bringing awareness to a different charity or cause each month, we challenge others in the community, including our clients and our colleagues and peers in the construction industry to show their support by donating time and/or money to the organizations highlighted during the campaign.

 We look forward to sharing our progress and to providing a new voice for deserving organizations. More than that, we look forward to generating a positive impact in our community, and within our own team.


Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects Announce new Director, Associates

In recognition of commitment and key expertise, the partners at Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated are pleased to announce a number of recent appointments.  With 30 years of experience, Doug Brooks, Senior Architectural Technologist, is BJHA’s newest Director and Shareholder, having accepted his appointment in December 2012. This Fall, Marc Thivierge and William (Bill) Ritcey accepted appointments as Associates. 


Doug Brooks 1Douglas Brooks
A graduate of Fanshawe College, Doug began his Architectural career in Ottawa in 1983, joining BJHA in 2001. Notable projects include The Ottawa Humane Society, Centrepointe Studio Theatre, Beaver Barracks Non-profit Housing, Petawawa JK-12 School, The Merit Condominium and the City of Ottawa’s James Bartleman Centre. With Mr. Brooks’ appointment, Barry J. Hobin & Associates now has five Directors including Barry J. Hobin, Gordon Lorimer, William A. (Sandy) Davis and Wendy Brawley, each bringing significant experience and skill to the company’s notable stable of projects. 



Marc Thivierge 2Marc Thivierge
A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Architecture, Marc also holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Algonquin College and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Since joining Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects in 1996, Marc has contributed to a variety of institutional, com­mercial and residential projects including the 2,000-seat theatre-style sanctuary for Woodvale Pentecostal Church, The Vibe condominium (part of the Lansdowne Park Redevelopment) and Westboro Station.



Bill Ritcey 1William Ritcey
A graduate of both University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts) and Carleton University (Bachelor of Architecture), William Ritcey joined Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects in 2007, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience. With Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, Bill has contributed to number of prominent local projects including: Bluesfest House, Canal East Townhomes, Soper Place Residence Renovation and Addition, and most recently the Oblate Lands Redevelopment with Regional Group.

GOHBA 2014 Housing Design Awards

On October 4th, the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association celebrated its 31st Annual Housing Design Awards among leaders in the Ottawa housing industry.  We’re pleased to share that the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team contributed to three award winning projects.


Winner: Production homes, single detached, 2,600 to 3,499 sq. ft., $750,000 and under
Uniform Urban Developments, Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects, 2H Interior Design











Winner: Custom urban infill, 2,401 to 3,099 sq. ft.
Roca Homes, Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects










Winner:  Custom condominium unit
Urban Keios Design Inc., Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects





















Topping Off Lansdowne


Traditionally, the “topping off” of any building is a celebration of the last beam (or equivalent) being placed on a construction project. In the case of the Minto@Lansdowne’s Rideau, it represents a major milestone in the last floor foundation being poured.

Although there is still work to be done before Minto@Lansdowne’s Rideau development is ready for its residents next summer, members of the Hobin team were on hand on Tuesday as it was topped off in style!

Members of the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Team, overlooking TD Place from atop Minto Vibe

Members of the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Team, overlooking TD Place from atop Minto Vibe













Minto Developments lifted a four-tonne Grill Master Express food truck to the top of the Rideau, overlooking TD Place, for a roof-top picnic for over 300 workers and guests.


Photos courtesy of Minto Developments

Photos courtesy of Minto Developments













The 160 unit Rideau, designed by Barry J. Hobin and Associates for Minto, is slated for occupancy during the summer of 2015 and only 17 units are still available. The Hobin Team also designed The Vibe for Minto@Lansdowne. The Vibe, at Lansdowne Park, facing Bank Street, will be ready for partial occupancy as soon as September and still has 5 available units.

St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa

The Chapel at St. Pat's Long Term Care in Ottawa.

The Gathering Place at St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa

St. Patrick’s Home (St. Pat’s) has been an Ottawa pillar for more than 144 years and is recognized as a community leader in the long term-care of the elderly.  In August 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Patrick’s Home 96 additional beds.  This led to a redevelopment plan that would also see the reconstruction of the existing facility.

Wendy Brawley led a team from Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects as they began the process of redesigning St. Pat’s to meet specific Ontario provincial criteria for long-term care facilities.  Now, more than six years after they began, the new St. Pat’s facility is complete.  Residents rang in a new year in a new home, moving into the new facility on December 30 and 31st, 2013.

Through Wendy, and others at Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, the St. Pat’s project profits from extensive knowledge in the redevelopment of long-term care facilities that goes well beyond design elements to include experience and familiarity with not-for-profit processes to leverage fundraising and expand budget reach.

“The process—from start to finish—can take a long time. In this case almost 7 years.” explains Wendy, “Facility staff and Board members can move on, but our knowledge and input remains consistent, even as other resources transition and provincial criteria and technology evolve.”

Wendy, a partner with Barry J. Hobin and Associates, has gained significant expertise with the management of institutional, committee and community driven projects like St. Pat’s, where consultants, stakeholders and complex municipal and provincial approval processes are the norm.

“Because of our experience, we’re able to lend assistance to focus the project and keep it on track during approvals, committee and board intervention and beyond” Wendy continues.

Wendy currently sits on the Corporate Redevelopment sub-committee; this committee is looking at opportunities with partnerships for the development of the remaining lands in a way that will further enhance the St. Patrick’s Home campus.


Building Relationships that Shape our City


Westboro Station, Ottawa


We often take the buildings that line our city streets for granted, seldom if ever considering the story behind each new commercial or residential development that shapes the landscape of our community. As residents and passersby, we reap the benefits of carefully crafted structures, created by talented architects, builders and developers to serve a purpose – or collection of objectives – beyond what we might imagine.

It is in that stage of vision and imagination that the relationship between architect and developer begins, evolves and remains a vital and constant element of each project – from conception to completion.

When Morley-Hoppner began the process of creating a state-of-the-art residential and commercial development that would ultimately frame the South-West border of Westboro, they trusted in the Ottawa architecture firm of Barry J. Hobin and Associates. What they created there became Westboro Station, an attractive wedge-shaped, multi-phase condo development with street-level commercial units, designed to highlight its position and create a gateway into the bustling neighbourhood.

As with any relationship, each player makes their own distinct contribution to its success. Savvy developers know the key to commercial success and viability is a well-designed (and executed) building. Good architecture considers the context, site conditions, target audience/buyer and the ultimate price point as part of the design process – going beyond innovation to ensure that the developer’s vision is fulfilled within the unique characteristics of the neighbourhood the developer has carefully chosen.

In new home and low-rise condo communities, builders will often adapt to existing designs but, working with an architecture firm who understands the project’s goals, and shares in an overall vision for the cityscape means that, although initial costs may be higher for the developer, the final product will stand out.  Consumers will become part of a community that has been designed to benefit its neighbourhood, carefully considering its location and streetscape.

As a vision for Morley-Hoppner’s new low-rise condo development in Beaverbrook began to take shape, they again looked to Barry J. Hobin and Associates, a relationship now tried and true.  Hobin, in turn, provided a 7 storey condominium building. Two The Parkway has been designed to suit consumers who are looking for a home that is unique and requires little maintenance, while allowing them to remain in the Kanata neighbourhood they have grown to love.  The Hobin team also provided innovative designs for common spaces including the lobby, the lounge, the outdoor terrace and the gym.

Initially envisioned as a 16 storey building, Morley-Hoppner and Hobin revised the design early in the process in order to make the project better suited to the scale of the neighbourhood. At a cost far below what a similar condo might cost in the heart of the city, the Two the Parkway project has already sold multiple units – pre-construction.

Next on the Hobin/Morley-Hoppner drawing board? The restoration of an old school at 12 Stirling Avenue in Hintonburg into smart and attractive lofts and condos.

Working with an architect brings a level of sophistication and uniqueness to each commercial, residential or condominium project and ensures flawless execution of the developer’s vision. An architect whose reputation for excellence in both design and project execution, lends to the credibility of the project and to building a relationship with a committed developer that, by combining form and function, will build a community.

Oakwood Corporate Headquarters

OakwoodHQWith more than 58 years of experience providing superior quality home renovations to residents throughout the Ottawa area, OakWood Renovation Experts have begun to turn their expertise on a project closer to home.

When OakWood decided to build a new corporate headquarters, they opted to work with Barry J Hobin & Associates Architects, one of Canada’s most respected architectural firms, to design a space that would serve multiple objectives while incorporating sustainable green features and targeting LEED Platinum designation.

Why is OakWood pursuing LEED?

For four generations, OakWood has worked tirelessly to pursue standards of excellence; so when the company decided to build a new head office, integrating sustainability and targeting LEED Platinum became integral parts of the project goals. On a practical level, OakWood was also looking to achieve:

•             A healthier environment for its staff;

•             Lower operating costs;

•             A lower carbon footprint for the company;

•             3rd party validation of its design;

Construction and Sustainability

Since the late 1990’s (and since 2002 in Canada), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems have been redefining the way people think about the places they live, work and learn. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, it has transformed the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.

OakWood  is pursuing LEED Platinum status for this project, which will put it in elusive company with only 31 other projects in Canada having achieved such a prestigious level, and only 2 in Ottawa.

The new building will be counted along with OakWood’s 4 existing locations and consolidate head office operations and human resources. Beyond that, customers will have access to a state-of-the-art design and material Studio that will feature design concepts and ideas from around the world.

Once completed, the new headquarters will encourage customers to meet with OakWood’s certified in-house planning and design experts in a carefully imagined environment that is designed by the architectural team led by Barry J. Hobin and firm partner Gord Lorimer, to support brainstorming and creativity. The on-site showroom will feature a full range of concept and materials, detailed planning and project budgeting options, allowing customers to see their vision in an applied setting.

In addition, OakWood is taking advantage of this creative opportunity to create a technologically advanced building that will meet some of the highest energy and environmental standards in Canada.

The project is currently under construction at the Trim Road and Highway 174 location and is expected to be in move-in condition by Fall 2014.

Give Me Shelter

ShelterBoxBlogPicShelterBox Canada is an international disaster relief organization that provides access to emergency shelter, warmth and essential supplies to people affected by disaster, worldwide. A typical ShelterBox contains a family-size tent, blankets, water purification, cooking utensils, a camp-like stove, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital more. ShelterBox volunteers deliver the aid, working with other international organizations and local partners.

On February 27th, Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects hosted an event at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa in honour of clients for whom they have designed custom homes over the last 20+ years.  Though a smaller, niche group of clients within an architectural practice that impacts the cityscape with residential, commercial, intuitional and mixed-use designs, the connection seemed clear. Custom homes…shelter.

While key partners and staff were on hand for a celebration of our clients and their respectively unique home designs, we took a moment to reflect on our providence and invite our friends, clients and colleagues to consider supporting the ShelterBoxCanada initiative.

In the end and though not designed as a fundraising event, our evening raised the equivalent of approximately 12 Shelter Boxes, soon destined to provide disaster relief around the world.

More information about ShelterBox Canada is available at

Making Room for Bluesfest House at the Former Westboro United Church

west facades_lowOttawa Folk Fest wasn’t the only addition to executive director Mark Monahan’s Bluesfest plate this year. Development work is currently underway at the site of the former Westboro United Church – making room for Bluesfest House, Ottawa Folk Fest, space for musical education in association with the Ottawa Folklore Centre, community meeting space, a small public performance space and Ravenhill Common (, an innovative infill housing development from Springcress.

This regeneration and adaptive reuse project was conceived in 2011 when Westboro United Church, built in 1913, was deconsecrated and entertained proposals to redevelop the site that would create a legacy project for the Church. Springcress Developments offered a proposal to retain the original Church and redesign the remainder of the site for a condominium project. Springcress Developments President David Spillenaar saw the potential of Bluesfest as an integral part of the rejuvenation project and recruited the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects team to design the residential and community aspects of the project, integrating the Bluesfest House concept.

Springcress donated the original Church to Bluesfest on the condition that its character be maintained.  Lead Bluesfest House architect  Bill Ritcey and his talented team are working to preserve heritage features within the Church while creating a new environment that is fitting for the cultural and community based facility. Fundraising and planning has been underway for the last 2 years as the industrious Bluesfest team took on the task of raising and securing funding to bring the Bluesfest House vision to fruition.  To date, more than $2 million of non-public funds have been secured.

For its part and developed by Springcress, Ravenhill Common will add 19 contemporary two and three bedroom brownstone townhomes, designed by Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects. The townhouses will feature underground parking – an invaluable asset in the bustling Westboro neighbourhood. The homes have been designed with two-storey galleries, open lofts, private rear terraces and rooftop decks that combine modern elegance with the traditional character of the church structure and the surrounding community.