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St. André Bessette Catholic Secondary School

As the newest technology driven secondary school in London, NSA designed St. Andre Bessette C.S.S. for the London District Catholic School Board. The truly unique and different learning environment was the first significant construction project in the developing residential area of northwest London.

The school’s main entran

ce opens to the curving section of Tokala Trail; the school’s chapel graces the front façade showcasing the central element of faith. A well-thought out drop-off area pulls the community safely off the street as the school also fronts a major roadway on its southside.

A beautiful Learning Commons was designed for the core of the building’s interior. The area functions as a central atrium where students gather to study and socialize. The Commons is surrounded by central corridors and is adjacent to the library, with the main staircase doubling as meeting spaces with plugs for electronics.


The building can be seen from behind its outdoor athletic field and glows in the evening, illuminated during events and practices. The south elevation of the courtyard draws natural light into the heart of the school and serves as an outdoor gathering space and bus-drop off area.

The design sectioned variously sized masses of the building, responding to the programming within. Parking areas are spread out surrounding the school to accommodate plenty of green space and more direct access to the school building.


In 2013, the St. Andre Bessette project was awarded a Don Smith Commercial Building Award for Excellence in the “Institutional Community” Category by the London / St. Thomas Association of Realtors. The school was also recognized with the provincial Ontario Masonry Design Award for Architectural Design, making this project very special for NSA.

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NSA is pleased to announce our newest associate, Hillary Little. 

Hillary joined the firm in January 2018 as an intern architect. Hillary is known around the office for her quiet demeanor and stealthy sense of humour. She has a fierce eagerness to learn all aspects of the architecture industry, making her a well-respected member of our team. 

During her time at NSA, Hillary has played an instrumental role in several of the firm’s projects including the addition and renovation of the Childcare Centre located at the Jerry McCaw Family Centre YMCA in Sarnia, where she was involved from the design phase through to construction. She has particularly enjoyed working on construction documents for some of our many projects with the Thames Valley District School Board.  

Hillary’s energy and excitement towards her projects make her a joy to work with, and are just a few of the reasons we are thrilled to welcome her as our firm’s newest associate.