Ron Shaw has gone the distance to succeed in the past 38 years since he graduated from Niagara College, but his alma mater has been far from forgotten.
While at the helm of an award-winning architectural design and construction firm based in the Caribbean – whose projects been featured in major publications around the world – this accomplished architect continues to be a proud supporter of Niagara College, where he graduated from Construction Engineering Technology as valedictorian in 1980. He also began teaching part-time at the College shortly after graduation and became program coordinator from 1992 to 1996.
Over the years, Shaw has made significant donations to the College, both in cash and in kind,which has helped support student learning through awards, new equipment and learning resources, as well the College’s Seafood Gala – NC’s premier fundraiser in support of student learning – which he plans to attend in April 2018.
For Shaw, it’s all about giving back to the College where he laid the foundation for his success.
“I attribute the success in my career to the solid academic foundation that I received from Niagara College and the dedication and hard work of the staff. Academically, they provided me with the perfect set of tools, and their steadfast emphasis on practical application has made me employable,” he said. “My continued philanthropic support is an expression of appreciation, gratitude for the education I received, and an offer of support of students that followed and those seeking a better life through education.”
In 1996, Shaw left his life in Niagara for Turks and Caicos to take on a position as project manager for residential condominium project: Crystal Bay. Two years later, he launched his own company, RA Shaw Designs Ltd., also based in Turks and Caicos, which is the only single-source architecture and general contracting firm on the Islands. Today, the company focuses on the design of custom residential homes in the tropics, mostly in the Caribbean, with projects in Africa, Mauritius, Mexico as well as the U.S. (Florida).
Known for designing awe-inspiring masterpieces that capture the uniqueness of living in paradise, Shaw’s designs won international awards.
Among his impressive list of accolades, RA Shaw Designs Ltd. was named by Americas Property Awards as the 2017 Best Architecture Single Residence for its luxurious Caribbean project Mandalay Villa. A world renowned mark of excellence, the International Property Awards – the largest and most prestigious property competition in the world – celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.
A coveted five-star rating was awarded to Shaw and his firm at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel in November 2017.
View page 4 and 26 here: World’s Best 2017-2018 by International Property Media – Issuu.html
Luxury Travel magazine featured his Cascade Villa in Turks and Caicos in February 2018, which is described as “an architectural marvel” with its 180-degree Caribbean sea view: www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/news-articles/cascade-villa-in-turks-and-caicos-saving-the-best-for-first
While his properties represent luxury, Shaw continues to turn his attention to the less fortunate.
“Twenty-two years ago, my career took me to the Caribbean where affluence does exist, but the majority of the indigenous population struggles to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. The only difference between them and me is education,” he said. “Donating to Niagara is my way of supporting the system, a chance to give back, and an opportunity to help those that need it.”
Shaw is not only known for the structures for he creates but for this investment in people. He provides all of his employees with on-site training. He also funds scholarships for promising young people to come to Niagara College to learn a trade. He is a mentor to high school students, and serves on a committee to consider curriculum development and coordination between the local high school and Turks and Caicos community college. He has also provided financial support to several Haitian families since the economic downturn left them unemployed.
In June 2012, Shaw returned to Niagara College for Spring Convocation where he addressed graduates from the schools of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, and Technology and received a distinguished alumni Award. View InsideNC article here: www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2012/06/20/graduates-encouraged-to-find-their-passion-take-risks/
In 2010, Shaw was nominated by NC for an Ontario Premier Award (Technology category).
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