Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017

May 2nd, 2017 § Comments Off on Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017 § permalink

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

April 7th, 2017 § Comments Off on Book Review – The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic § permalink

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.

Colchester-East Hants Public Library

January 5th, 2017 § Comments Off on Colchester-East Hants Public Library § permalink

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

2016 Residential Architect Design Awards

January 5th, 2017 § Comments Off on 2016 Residential Architect Design Awards § permalink

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

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

January 5th, 2017 § Comments Off on The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic § permalink

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.

Two Hulls House Honoured by the AIA IR Awards

December 5th, 2016 § Comments Off on Two Hulls House Honoured by the AIA IR Awards § permalink

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 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

September 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects announce new Design Associates § permalink

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!

September 24th, 2015 § Comments Off on Brian MacKay-Lyons receives RIBA International Fellowship! § permalink

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.

Brian MacKay-Lyons accepts RAIC Gold Medal

June 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on Brian MacKay-Lyons accepts RAIC Gold Medal § permalink

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.



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

June 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of New Brunswick announce major expansion project § permalink

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.