About the NSAA

The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) is a self-governing professional association established in 1932, and mandated by the Province of Nova Scotia under The Architects Act to regulate the practice of architecture in the province.

The NSAA serves to protect the public interest and advance the profession of architecture. The NSAA works with its membership and other stakeholders to establish high entry standards to the profession and maintain high standards of practice. Members are governed by strict principles of ethical and professional conduct, which are detailed in the NSAA By-Laws and Code of Ethics. The Association assists various governmental bodies in drafting legislation as it might affect architects, their clients, or the public.

The Office

The offices of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects are temporarily located in Suite 205, 1310 Hollis Street, Halifax — approximately one block away from our previous address at 1361 Barrington Street.

For information on the Nova Scotia Architects Act and Regulations, Educational Resources, Publications, and other helpful information, please visit the Resources Section.

The photos on the homepage are the Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture recipients. For a complete list, please visit the Awards Page.

What is Architecture? What is an Architect? Read more in our FAQ

Council – 2021/2022 Term

Jim Marriott, NSAA


Joseph Zareski, NSAA

Vice President

Spyro Trifos, NSAA


George Cotaras, NSAA

Interim Registrar

Charlie Ritcey, NSAA



Membership Engagement and Communications Committee Chair

Heather Brown, NSAA

Sarah Prodor, NSAA

Stephen Terauds, NSAA

Kaitlin Wierstra, NSAA

Michael Putman

Dalhousie School of Architecture Representative

Mary Ann Barker

Public Representative

Anil Chhabra

Public Representative



Margo Dauphinee, BPR

Executive Director

(902) 423-7607  |  mdauphinee@nsaa.ns.ca

Beldam Aiken

Executive Assistant

(902) 423-7607  |  info@nsaa.ns.ca