Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Ghost Residency going to be like Ghost Lab?

While it is not a design/build experience, the office is constantly building projects on or near the site and in the surrounding area. The intern would be actively involved with site supervision on behalf of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.


What is an apprenticeship in the master builder tradition?

In the master builder tradition, the architect is both a “thought leader” and a “craft leader” in the building industry. Learning in a one-to-one exchange model, the intern will be learning about all aspects of the design process by working directly with Brian MacKay-Lyons. This represents a commitment on the part of the firm to mentor the intern as a continuation of their professional education.


What will a typical day look like?

The intern will be working on all phases and aspects of the design process of multiple custom home projects the firm is working on. The intern will be working directly with Brian and with the project architects and other staff who work on each individual residential project.

Similar to the main office, we expect that architects need to work between 40 and 50 hours a week to develop professionally. There will likely be 80% of the interns time spent on studio projects and 20% working on day to day physical farm work. Brian views architecture and agriculture as one in the same, utopian cultivating ethic.

In addition to the work the successful candidate will be involved in for the firm, the intern will also have ample opportunity to experience all the South Shore of Nova Scotia has to offer including kayaking, surfing and touring around Lunenburg - UNESCO World Heritage site.

Where will I be staying?