Don Jossa Architectural Scholarship Award


...architecture is not simply a question of proportion and beauty, but rather of establishment of a direct connection with the human heart...

Fariburz Sahba (Switzerland, September 1992)

Download the Don Jossa Scholarship information and application package


To be eligible you must have graduated (or be in the final year leading towards graduation) from a Northwest Territories high school (high school equivalency earned in the Northwest Territories is accepted), AND have a minimum of 4 years of formal schooling in the Northwest Territories.

Scholarship Amount

Maximum to be paid to a recipient to be $1,500. Scholarship will only be released to the student upon evidence of registration in an accredited postsecondary institution. The Scholarship can be awarded to the same recipient a maximum of 2 times.


Applications must be received by April 01 each year. The application must include the application form and on separate sheets of paper, provide the following support material:

  • Statement of Interest - The Statement of interest should include your reasons for pursuing an architectural education, a description of the people (architects, artists, writers, thinkers…) and/or work that you admire, and your academic goals. Your statement should be 300-500 words (double spaced) in length. Be sure to include your name at the top of your statement.
  • Letter of acceptance from a university or technical school
  • Portfolio - The portfolio should include graphic material that best illustrates your creative ability. The format may be original material in maximum A3 (11x17) format or digital copy, PDF Format, on CD, DVD or by hyperlink to a shared website. All materials should be labelled with your name.
  • Letter of Recommendation - If you are just graduating from High School provide a letter of recommendation from a current or past teacher/instructor familiar with your academic achievements and career aspirations. Deadline for submissions: Submissions must be received before 4:00 p.m. on April 01 of each year to the NWTAA Office. Applications postmarked, delivered or emailed after this time and date will not be considered.

Methods of Submitting Application

Return the application form along with your attachments to the Northwest Territories Association of Architects by using one of the following methods:

  • Mail
    NWT Association of Architects
    PO Box 1934
    Yellowknife, NT   X1A 2G4
  • Courier / In Person
    Northern Frontier Visitors Centre
    4807 – 49th Street, 2nd Floor
    Yellowknife, NT
  • Email


The Don Jossa Scholarship Award will be made by, and at the sole discretion of, the Council of the Northwest Territories Association of Architects (NWTAA).

In Memory of Don Jossa

Don was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. He graduated from the Carleton University School of Architecture in 1977 and came north from Ottawa that year, joining Stuart Kinmond Associates (SKA Architects) in Yellowknife. His passion for the vernacular and his love of the art and craft of building was cemented with early collaborative projects including the Fort Good Hope Community Complex and the Fort Resolution Community Hall. After Stuart left the north Don carried on as a sole practitioner designing a number of custom dwellings before joining Pin Matthews Architects (now Pin/Taylor Architects). Don had a key role in the design and construction of the Lutselk’e Hamlet Office, an elegant project that involved community participation, the use of local materials and passive sustainable principles. He worked on numerous other projects, including the Visitors Centre of the Northern Frontier Visitors Association, current home of the NWTAA office. Don moved on to head the Design section of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation. He became a registered architect with the creation of the NWTAA in 2001, sitting on the Continuing Education Committee.

He is remembered for his penchant for jazz music, his endless contributions to the neighbourhood Back Bay Community Association, the Yellowknife Food Bank and his family: Don’s thoughtfulness was as infectious as his warm laugh and brilliant, engaging smile.