Nicholas Jay Architect


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a licensed architect?

Yes, we are licensed with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). You may use the links below to verify with the OAA's online directory that we are in good standing:

Are you insured?

Yes, we are prudently insured to amounts commonly requested by commercial clients and public agencies. Certificates of Insurance are available on request for the following policies:

Do you provide a written contract?

Yes, we always propose a written contract and will only commence service upon a signed agreement. The contract provides a project description, outlines the services, identifies the fees, and lists the general terms and conditions. We always use standard form agreements issued by the Ontario Association of Architects. Sample copies are available on request.

What market sectors do you serve?

It is fair to describe our firm as a general practice serving a variety of market sectors. A percentage breakdown of our services rendered by occupancy is approximately:

What technology do you use to provide architectural services?

We utilize professional graphics grade laptops for high power mobility to leverage our design software and cloud resources in the office, home, and on the road.

We maintain software subscriptions to ensure we are using the latest tools for our primary business and architectural design tasks, including:

We supplement subscription software by purchasing permanent licensing of specialty programs, such as:

We expand our computer processing abilities with cloud services for renderings and I.T. This is important for secure data encryption, off-premises data backup, data redundancy, and recovery.

What technical literature is available to your staff?

When encountered by the unexpected or the unknown, we believe in verifying published industry referenced standards. In addition to the current edition of the Ontario Building Code (OBC), we have an electronically searchable library with over 1,000 technical industry referenced standards published by ASTM, CGSB, CSA, NFPA, ULC and more. We do not hesitate to purchase new standards as overhead to form a professional opinion.

How do you manage project communications?

Your single point of contact with our firm is our principal architect, Nick Jay, OAA. He will have knowledge of project status and the ability to make decisions on short notice with appropriate information for a professional opinion.

Our office utilizes VOIP telephone services through Microsoft Teams. This enables conventional phone calls, traditional teleconferencing, and video conferencing with online screen sharing for a virtual presentation of drawing review sessions.

When engaged for construction phase services, we prioritize construction related correspondence with a serious desire to reply within one business day of receiving shop drawings or requests-for-information. At minimum we will reply promptly that we are actively working on a complete response with an estimated timeline.

Construction site superintendents are encouraged to contact Nick by email or cell, and to leverage smart-phone use of camera and video sharing apps to review field conditions as they arise.

How do I contact Nicholas Jay Architect?

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our email contact form, address, and telephone number are found at the bottom of this page. You may also Schedule a Consultation to discuss your project.