About Us

Firm Background

Joel Bartlett Architect Inc. is a Guelph-based architectural and planning firm that has been providing professional services throughout Ontario since its founding in 2016 by Joel Bartlett. The firm specializes in a broad range of expertise in design and planning, with a particular focus on sustainable and passive house design approaches. Their services extend to community and residential designs, interior design, planning, as well as research and programming.


The firm’s strength lies in its ability to handle diverse projects, collaborating with a range of clients including private individuals, community groups, non-profit organizations, and school boards. Joel Bartlett Architect Inc. takes pride in its commitment to preserving the past while building for the future. Their work is characterized by a synthesis of tradition and modern innovation, resulting in carefully crafted buildings that are tailored to each client and site.


The firm embraces challenging projects that span various characters, from new construction to the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. With an emphasis on sustainability, Joel Bartlett Architect Inc. adopts a collaborative approach, aligning their skills with the unique needs of their clients. The firm has cultivated strong and diverse relationships with some of Ontario’s best consultants. By leveraging this network from the project’s outset, Joel Bartlett Architect Inc. ensures the highest quality realization of their clients’ objectives, regardless of the project’s complexity. Their commitment to energy efficient design excellence and a holistic approach to design and planning sets them apart in the architectural and planning landscape.


Joel Bartlett, the founder of Joel Bartlett Architect Inc., brings his expertise as a registered architect in Ontario to a diverse range of projects. His firm has successfully designed and executed projects spanning custom residences, additions, alterations to existing buildings, offices, institutional facilities, industrial spaces, and retail/commercial facilities.

Drawing from his professional background, which included 16 years at J. David McAuley Architect Inc. in Guelph, Ontario, Joel served as an Associate of the firm. In this capacity, he skillfully managed all aspects hundreds of projects, from conceptual designs and programming, construction and contract document development, planning approvals, and contract administration.

Joel is committed to advancing the firm’s vision of environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive architecture, utilizing his diverse experience in architectural design, including environmental and community considerations.  He has been a certified LEED Accredited Professional and is a Certified Passive House Designer (CHPD).  With over two decades of experience, his outstanding work has garnered recognition throughout the province.

Joel received his professional training at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours.  He also studied and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in 1996.

Beyond his architectural achievements, Joel has actively engaged in community initiatives, contributing his time and expertise by volunteering on various community boards and committees, such as the Heritage Guelph Committee. This commitment reflects his dedication to both the architectural profession and the broader community.


Academic Background

Bachelor of Architecture | University of Waterloo | 2002

Bachelor of Environmental Studies University of Waterloo | 1999

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences | University of Western Ontario | 1996


Affiliations & Accreditations

Member | Ontario Association of Architects

Member | Passive House Canada

Passive House Designer/Consultant

LEED Accredited Professional

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Joel Bartlett
B.E.S., B. Arch.,  B. Sc., LEED AP, Certified Passive House Designer, OAA