Joseph Passa OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Principal, PA Architects, Windsor, Ontario
Joseph Passa, principal of Passa Associates Architects for over 25 years has a variety of successfully built projects in the Southern Ontario region. His firm’s sustainable design initiatives for Green Architecture have been embraced by a growing number of institutional clients since 2001. Two of his schools have been listed as the most energy efficient in Ontario and 3rd and 4th most efficient in Canada by Natural Resources Canada (NRC) in Ottawa.
Joseph Passa received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the School of Architecture at Auckland University in New Zealand (1984) following architectural study at Carleton University in Ottawa (1980) and an Architectural Technology Diploma from St. Clair College in Windsor (1976). He is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) as well as a previous member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists. He enjoyed a scholarship in October of 2007 provided by the RAIC to tour Italy as one of 5 architects selected from across Canada. He has practiced architecture in various parts of Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has traveled extensively through South-East Asia, South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and North America. His work is dedicated to the formulation of sensitive and imaginative buildings that strive for architectural excellence in the exploration of ideas and functional requirements within the economic responsibilities that are demanded of all projects.
He has served with the Windsor Mayor and Councilors on the City Centre Revitalization Task Force (1996-99) and the Urban Design Committee for Windsor’s new Official Plan. He was appointed by the Premier of Ontario as a director of the Ontario Heritage Trust for a three year term completed in March of 2010. PA Architects have received various awards of excellence from the Windsor Construction Association in 2000 and 2003 and was awarded the 2006 Business Excellence Award for Technology from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. Joseph Passa has lectured describing his work at conferences in Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, and Windsor and has published various articles including “Energy Efficient Sustainable Schools in Canada South” as part of the Spring 2007 Edition of the Journal of Green Building from Glen Allen, Virginia, published worldwide.