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Brian MacKay-Lyons
Talbot Sweetapple

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Melanie Hayne

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Peter Broughton

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Partners
Brian MacKay-Lyons
Talbot Sweetapple

Senior Associate
Melanie Hayne

Associate
Peter Broughton

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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited
2188 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 3B4

P 902 429 1867
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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The practice works locally and internationally on cultural, academic and residential projects, providing full architectural and interior design services. There are two Partners: Brian MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple, one Senior Associate: Melanie Hayne, and two Associates: Peter Broughton and Matt Malone.

In over 30 years of work, the practice has built an international reputation for design excellence confirmed by over 100 awards, including six Governor General's Medals and two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards. In addition, the firm's work has been featured internationally in over 300 publications and 100 exhibitions.

Both Partners are active in architectural education, Brian as a full professor and faculty member at Dalhousie University for 30 years, and Talbot, as an Adjunct Professor since 1997, and now a Professor of Practice as of 2013. Together, they have held 18 endowed academic chairs and visiting professorships at leading universities worldwide, such as: The Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard University. They have also given over 200 public lectures on their work worldwide.

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Talbot Sweetapple
B.A., B.E.D.S., M. Arch, MRAIC, MAIA, NSAA, NHAA
Talbot was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. In 1989, he attended Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia and received a Bachelor or Arts with a major in Philosophy. In 1992, he attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1993, he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 1995 and graduated with a Masters in Architecture as a Sexton Scholar in 1997. He was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Medal and Certificate for Highest Academic Standing in his graduating class, and was awarded a traveling fellowship to study architecture in Italy.

As part of the Co-op Program, Talbot worked at Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture and Urban Design and also abroad at the office of Shin Takamatsu in Berlin, Germany. In 1997, he joined the firm of KPMB in Toronto where he gained experience in design of institutional buildings.

In 1999, Talbot returned to Halifax to accept a position with Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design as a project architect for the Dalhousie Faculty of Computer Science Building. While at Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design, Talbot contributed to projects that have won numerous awards and have appeared in many international publications.

In 2005, Talbot partnered with Brian to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. With Talbot's interest in public architecture and constant search for design excellence, the partnership was a natural fit. The firm now enjoys many exciting international public commissions. Talbot's ability to integrate client and user needs with award winning architectural design is exemplified by the success of several award winning projects.

Since 1996, Talbot has taught design and technology studios at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture. He has also taught at Syracuse University, the University of Arkansas and in 2004, along with Brian MacKay-Lyons, was appointed to the Ruth and Norman Chair at Washington University in St. Louis. As of 2013, Talbot has been appointed the faculty position of Professor of Practice at Dalhousie University.

Melanie Hayne
B.E.D.S., M. Arch
Melanie graduated in 2001 with a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honor Roll for outstanding academic achievement. She was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Medal awarded to the top-ranking student who had achieved general excellence throughout the professional program. As the recipient of the Rosetti Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship, she had the opportunity to travel to Egypt and study the city of Cairo. The Mobil Oil Canada Scholarship was awarded to Melanie for undertaking studies pertaining to the physical, social and political impacts of energy-related developments.

Melanie joined the firm of Brian MacKay-Lyons in 2001 and has gained considerable experience in space planning for programmatically complex institutional and public buildings. She was instrumental in the programming, design, and the production of contract documents for the firm's larger institutional projects.
Peter Broughton
M. Arch
Peter has been with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects since 2007 and is now recognized as an Associate (2012). Peter received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002 where he graduated with honors, received the Martin Limberg Scholarship, and was nominated for the National Collegiate Architecture Design Award. While completing his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in Philosophy.

Upon completion of his professional degree Peter moved to New York City where he continued to gain knowledge of the construction industry as a cabinet/furniture maker and due to his distinct interest in craftsmanship and detail he has been our go-to technical master and is relied upon for his management abilities and expertise.
Brian MacKay-Lyons
FRAIC, RCA, (Hon) FAIA, NSAA, AAPEI, OAA, OAQ, VT, NH
Brian was born and raised in the village of Arcadia in Southwestern Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978 where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at U.C.L.A., and was awarded the Dean's Award for Design.

After studying in China, Japan, California and Italy working with Charles Moore, Barton Myers and Giancarlo De Carlo, Brian returned to Nova Scotia in 1983 to challenge the historic maritime 'brain drain' trend, and to make a cultural contribution to Nova Scotia where his Acadian and Mi'kmaq ancestors have lived for centuries. In 1985 he founded the firm Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design in Halifax. Twenty years later, Brian partnered with Talbot Sweetapple to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd. The firm has built an international reputation for Design Excellence confirmed by over 100 awards including six Governor General Medals, two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, 15 Lieutenant Governor's Medals of Excellence, seven Canadian Architect Awards, three Architectural Record Houses Awards, and seven North American Wood Design Awards. A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), Brian was named Honorary Fellow (International) of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA) in 2001.

Brian's work has been recognized by over 300 monographs, books and journal publications internationally. A third monograph of Brian's career written by architecural historian Malcolm Quantrill and published by Princeton Architecural Press in New York, Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons, was published in 2005. Brian is currently writing another book for Princeton Architectural Press, Local Architecture, telling the story of the Ghost 13: International Architectural Conference.

As a full professor of architecture at Dalhousie University, Brian has contributed to architectural education in the region for 30 years. He has held numerous visiting professorships and endowed academic chairs at leading universities including: The Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Dusseldorf, University of Houston, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, Texas A & M University, Auburn University, Tulane University, Syracuse University, Middlebury College, University of Oklahoma, McGill University, and Harvard University. Brian has held an international summer internship called Ghost on his farm since 1994. He has given over 180 public lectures on his work internationally. The firms work has been the subject of over 100 exhibitions internationally.

Houses designed in Atlantic Canada have made Brian a leading proponent of critical regionalist architecture worldwide. This recognition has led to a transition in the practice toward increased public and international commissions, involving increased complexity in both design and project delivery. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited is one of the few Canadian firms to consistently receive international critical acclaim within the discipline today.