June 25th, 2014

Hamilton’s First Heritage Specialist

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The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) officially named Drew Hauser of mcCallumSather as a CAHP Professional member, the first Professional CAHP membership extended to an architect in the City of Hamilton. Further members of our heritage team include CAHP certified architects Christina Karney and Cecila Nin.

Professional membership in the widely respected association is reserved for those with a long-standing dedication to heritage conservation, reflected through an extensive background of heritage education and experience. 

Heritage Conservation First Approach

Drew Hauser, Director of Business Development & Design, leads an award-winning team of heritage professionals, architects, and designers at mcCallumSather. With a passion for the stories that historic buildings have to tell and their cultural significance within the community, their inventiveness and diligent research draws meaningful connections between the past and present. 

Heritage Architect Projects 

Since joining mcCallumSather in 2010, Drew has served as architect and Principal in Charge on a number of notable heritage projects in Hamilton: 

Westinghouse HQ

  • Originally constructed in 1917, the 70,000 SF Canadian Westinghouse Company Headquarters located in Hamilton has sat derelict since the 1980s, after decades of neglect, Electric City Developments, general contractor Collaborative Structures Ltd and mcCallumSather’s architectural, heritage, mechanical and interiors team have brought the heritage property back to its original grandeur.

541 Eatery & Exchange

  • Over the years, 541 Barton Street has evolved from a bank, to closed off, uninviting rental housing in one of Hamilton’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Today, 541 Eatery & Exchange is a welcoming, accessible and beautiful space. The socially conscious café has become a beacon of hope to the residents of Barton Village.


  • We sensitively reimagining an emblematic 150-year-old Church façade into a 30-storey condominium tower.

McMaster University Phoenix Restaurant

  • Our award-winning design utilized a Collegiate Gothic style brick and stone structure as the historic backdrop for a modern and comfortable pub and restaurant environment.

Dundas Museum and Archives

  • This heritage museum is an example of adaptive reuse that creatively connects the site’s three buildings with architectural and landscaping while honouring the museum’s rich history. 

Grace Anglican Church 

  • Our re-design of the Narthex at the Grace Anglican in Waterdown is striking in its simplicity. The beautiful design creates a modern, interactive entrance to the church, increases the available functional space and creates a welcoming, accessible environment for its parishioners.

The Cotton Factory 

  • Another exciting example of an adaptive reuse project, a historic cotton mill that has has been sensitively developed into a creative industries complex at the heart of Hamilton’s growing economy.

Value of Heritage Buildings 

Heritage buildings are distinct and dynamic historical assets. Our team is passionate about the stories historic buildings have to tell and their cultural significance to each community. Heritage reflects cultural diversity as well as contributing to social goals like poverty reduction, food security and public health. We’re inspired by Hamilton’s resilience bouncing back from the decline of its industrial sector and exceptional heritage legacy. 

About mcCallumSather:

mcCallumSather is a well-established and leading professional services firm centrally located in the Golden Horseshoe area. mcCallumSather provides architectural, mechanical engineering, and interior design services to a broad spectrum of institutional and private sector clients. Our focus on sustainability drives all we do – our integrated approach not only inspires efficiency but sparks innovation.

Learn more about the mcCallumSather’s approach to Heritage Conservation.

About CAHP:

CAHP was founded in 1987 to represent the interests of professional practitioners in many related fields of heritage conservation. The organization maintains the following objectives:

  • To represent and further the professional interests of heritage consultants active in both the public and private sectors;
  • To establish and maintain principles and standards of practice for heritage consultants;
  • To enhance awareness and appreciation of heritage resources and the contribution of heritage consultants.