‘Village Architect’ practices ‘Monumental Modesty’

A recently completed project on Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore. The wood shingle clad building floats above the ground on concrete fin-foundations, protecting itself from the surrounding tidal waters of the Annapolis Basin. Inside, the wood structure is left exposed. Framed views to the historical village center to the east and along the shoreline to the west, enhance one’s experience of the landscape and sense of place.

Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017

Brian MacKay-Lyons & Talbot Sweetapple are honored to be awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017.

For ten years, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture annually rewards five architects whose thinking questions the Great Transitions of our time and which brings innovative approaches to architectural practice. The 2017 edition is dedicated to the relationship between the architect and resources. While including material resources, this edition is focused above all on intangible resources that are endlessly renewable such as time, processes or dialogue with other sciences and knowledge. Previous laureates include, Wang Shu, Alejandro Aravena, Carin Smuts, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Studio Mumbaï, Anna Heringer, Anne Feenstra, Al Borde, Rotor, Talca School of Architecture, Kengo Kuma, Gion Caminada, amongst others…

The laureates of 2017:
Takahura Tezuka + Yui Tezuka / Tezuka Architects / Tokyo, Japan
Sonam Wangchuk / SECMOL / Leh, Ladakh, India
Assemble / London, United Kingdom
Paulo David / Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Brian MacKay-Lyons & Talbot Sweetapple / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects / Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The five laureates will give a series of lectures on Monday, May 15, 2017 starting at 2pm in the auditorium of the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine.

To view a PDF of the announcement, you can click here.

Book Review - The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic

Architects + Artisans have released a book review of our new monograph "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic". It’s written and edited by J. Michael Welton, whose work on architecture, art and design has appeared in a number of national publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dwell, Interior Design, and New York magazine. He is the architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and also publishes a design column in The Huffington Post.

To read the review you can click here or on the Architects + Artisans logo below.

The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic

We are excited to announce that our new monograph is available for pre-order on Amazon. Written by Robert McCarter and Published by Thames & Hudson, this book features nearly 100 projects from over 30 years of practice.

To pre-order the book, you can click here.

2016 Residential Architect Design Awards

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architect are pleased to announce that Enough House and Point House each receive a 2016 Residential Architect Design Award.

To view the projects on the Residential Architect website, please use these links:
Enough House
Point House

Colchester-East Hants Public Library

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects are proud to be the architect for the new Colchester-East Hants Public Library

To view the library website, please click here.

The following image courtesy of the Town of Truro – Photographer: Jeff Babineau

Two Hulls House Honoured by the AIA IR Awards

Two Hulls has been awarded an Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects International Region (AIA IR) in the Open International category. This award is bestowed on projects “which enhance the built environment in a way that is respectful of context and culture and which aims through craftsmanship and sustainability to serve as a benchmark for architects globally and/ or through innovation and ingenuity to serve as a catalyst for the profession.”

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects wishes to extend our thanks to the Jury and the AIA IR for honoring the firm and this project with this award.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects announce new Design Associates

Brian MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple are pleased to announce the well-deserved promotion of Shane Andrews and Jennifer Esposito to the roles of Design Associate. We congratulate Shane and Jennifer on joining the leadership team of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

Shane Andrews, M.Arch, BEDS

Shane comes to us from the Annapolis Valley where he was born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University (2009) on the RAIC Honour Roll, where he also received the AIA Gold Medal. Shane’s education background also includes a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie (2007) and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Victoria in British Columbia (2002).

Shane joined MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in 2009 and has an innate sensitivity to the agricultural vernacular of the Annapolis Valley, Shane’s professional interests lie in architectural tectonics, building methods, and building response to site and place.

Jennifer Esposito, NSAA, M.Arch II, M.Arch, B.A.S.

Jennifer received her Master of Architecture II from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2012). She had previously earned a Master of Architecture (2007) and Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2005) with Highest Distinction from Carleton University. Jennifer is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the Canada Council for the Arts JBC Watkins Award and the RAIC Honour Roll. She is currently a Sessional Instructor at Dalhousie University.

Since joining MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in 2013, Jennifer has developed a niche interest in advancing the firms proto-urban projects, acting as Project Architect on the competition winning Bigwin Island Golf Cabins (Muskoka, ON) and Horizon Neighborhood at Summit Powder Mountain (Eden, UT).

Brian MacKay-Lyons receives RIBA International Fellowship!

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today (Thursday 24 September) announced the 2016 RIBA International Fellowships which will be awarded to nine non-UK architects, of whom two are in partnership.

The RIBA's 2015 International Fellowships are:
• Kees Christiaanse – KCAP, Netherlands
• Mario Cucinella – MC Architects, Italy
• Bjarke Ingels – BIG, Denmark
• Rick Joy – Rick Joy Architects, USA
• Brian MacKay-Lyons – MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Canada
• Peter Märkli – Studio Märkli, Switzerland
• Peter Stutchbury – Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Australia
• José Antonio Martínez Lapeña & Elias Torres – Spain

The lifetime honour allows individual recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name.

The 2016 RIBA International Fellowships will be presented at a special event at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1 on 1 February 2016.

Read the full RIBA press release here.

You can learn more about the 2016 International Fellowship recipients here.

Brian MacKay-Lyons accepts RAIC Gold Medal

On June 15, 2015 Brian accepted the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal in front of his family, friends and peers. His son, Matthew Mackay-Lyons, a budding Architecture student himself, gave a speech about his father’s work from his perspective. Without a dry eye in the house Brian spoke of his family, the firm and his Partner, Talbot Sweetapple, the landscape he designs in, the local trades and master builders that influence and build his work, and the bright future of the firm. The Gold Medal is the highest honour an Architect can receive in Canada. Brian is the first Architect from the Atlantic region to receive this distinction.

Read the full RAIC press release here.

To watch a video of the RAIC Gold Medal speech, please click here.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of New Brunswick announce major expansion project

Talbot Sweetapple was in Fredericton to unveil the plans for a major expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The new pavilion will create a strong connection between the gallery and the public while providing state-of-the-art exhibition space for the art gallery’s internationally renowned collection.

"This incredible transformational investment in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is about community engagement, collaboration and about celebrating and promoting New Brunswick's collective cultural history and shared values through the visual arts." - Terry Graff Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director

Read the full press release here.

Please click below to watch the video. For more images, click here.

RAIC honours Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honours Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal for his significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

Read the full RAIC press release here.

2014 North American Wood Design Awards

Talbot's Dalhousie University freelab project - Refuge on the Bay of Fundy - won The North American Wood Design HONOR award. This is a very prestigious award and Talbot would like to thank and congratulate all the students from Dalhousie.

Read the full press release here.

CBC Information Morning Interview

Bob Murphy from CBC Information Morning interviewed Brian MacKay-Lyons during which they discuss the Ghost Conference, critical regionalist architecture, and the Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft & Community book being launched.

To download a MP3 of the interview you can click here. You can also stream the interview by clicking the play button below.

Bigwin In The News

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has been featured in The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), in an article about the Bigwin Island Golf Club competition

“It is a design that provides for the capability to create an endless variety of arrangements. It’s wonderful and perfect for the location,”
-Chris Schmitt (Co-ordinator of design competition)

To view the full article, please click here.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Local Architecture Hits Book Stores!

It has been three years since the Ideas in Things (Ghost 13) conference and now the book which documents this event and the work of this ‘school’ of architects is available. Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft & Community by Brian MacKay-Lyons and edited by Robert McCarter can be purchased online or in book stores internationally.

See what others are saying about it:

World Architecture News
Architectural Digest

Local Architecture Book Launch!

Join us in celebrating the launch of Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community 7 pm January 15th at the Dalhousie School of Architecture.

Brian MacKay-Lyons & His South Shore Utopia

allNovaScotia.com has recently published an article featuring Brian MacKay-Lyons and his South Shore community - shobac.

The article describes how shobac got started, how it has grown and evolved since the beginning, and outlines some current activities at the site including a new house being built and 2 lots being offered for sale.

To read the full article, please click here. Please note: you will need a subscription to access the full article.

Bigwin Island Block 78 Design Competition Awarded to MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

We are pleased to announce that MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have been awarded the Bigwin Island Invited Design Competition.

In the spring of 2014 Bigwin Island Golf Club invited 6 Canadian Architectural firms to develop plans for 50 cabins to be built on the golf course. In October of 2014 these teams met to present their designs and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was selected to provide Architectural Design services for the project. Congratulations to all teams that were invited to participate in this competition; SuperKul (Toronto, Ontario), Taylor-Smyth Architects (Toronto, Ontario), Patkau Architects (Vancouver, British Columbia), MU Architecture (Montreal, Quebec), and Altius Architecture, Inc (Toronto, Ontario) and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Bigwin Island is an exclusive waterfront vacation home and golf course community located on Lake of Bays in Muskoka, Ontario cottage country.

For more information, please visit www.mlsarchitects.ca and www.bigwinisland.com

To view the full press release, please click here.

Barton Myers at Dalhousie University

On May 21, 2014 renowned architect, Barton Myers, was recognized by Dalhousie University with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law by the Faculty of Architecture and Planning. Barton studied architecture at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at University of Toronto and UCLA, served as the Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia, the Graham Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has earned many awards and honours for outstanding architectural design, including the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Gold Medal and the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter Gold Medal.

Barton is a longstanding friend of the firm and we are very happy to celebrate this honor with him. Click on the video link below to see Barton Myers accept this prestigious degree and give a nod to the future architects graduating from Dalhousie University. Congratulations, Barton!

2013 NSAA Awards

The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) has awarded its top honor, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Excellence, to Lean-to House. Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects will be presented with the award by the Honorable Brigadier-General J.J. Grant, OMM, CD, ONS this summer.

The NSAA’s press release is available here.

2014 AZ Awards

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Cliff House has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 AZ Awards People's Choice Awards in the ARCHITECTURE - Residential Buildings category.

Voting is open from April 10th until May 2nd. To submit your vote you can click here.

Truro Library Update

Last Thursday night, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects unveiled the design for the new Colchester-East Hants Public Library to the residents of Truro. Preconstruction work on the Normal College is now underway with the new facility slated to open in 2015.

More on the design and public meeting via The Chronicle Herald is available here.

RAIC Firm Award

Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has been selected for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm Award. The award recognizes the achievements of the firm for its quality of architecture, its service to its clients, its innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education and professional institutions and associations, as well as public recognition.

We are very honoured to have our work recognized by the institute and will continue to explore architecture with childlike curiosity.

More information about this award and the RAIC’s press release is available here.

Two Hulls House Wins Architizer A+ Award

After three weeks of public voting, Two Hulls House has been selected as the winner of the A+ Award in the Single Family Home 1,000-3,000 sq. ft category. More pictures of Two Hulls House can be viewed on its project page.

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