NOVA SCOTIAN ARCHITECT WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

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NOVA SCOTIAN ARCHITECT WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

The Halifax based architectural firm of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has just received both The American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and The Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. The firm continues to consistently put Nova Scotia architecture on the global map.

The American Institute of Architects Honor Award is the highest award given by the American Institute of Architects for building design. The award is given annually. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has received this prestigious recognition from their peers for the design of the ‘Shobac Campus’; a collection of buildings in Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. This is the second time that the firm has received this international award, and the fourth time it has been shortlisted. Very few Canadian architects have received this honour. The awards ceremony will take place in May in Washington, D.C. at the American Institute of Architects National Convention.

The Canadian Architect Award of Excellence is the top annual architecture award given in Canada for building design. The firm has received this peer recognition for the design of a private residence called ‘Two Hulls’, on the south shore of Nova Scotia. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have received this national award eight times.

“We are delighted to have been recognized by our peers both nationally and internationally. This continued recognition will hopefully position our firm to design more public buildings in the Maritimes, where we choose to live and work.” says architect and Dalhousie professor Brian MacKay-Lyons.

For additional information please contact Frances McGinnis at (902) 429-1867 or frances@mlsarchitects.ca

Brian MacKay-Lyons on the lecture circuit

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Closing Keynote, Revert 2011, AIAS South Quad Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 2011
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador, March 2011
AIA Minnesota, Convention, November 2010
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, December 2010
Mississippi State University, October 2010
Keynote, AIA Arkansas, State Convention, October 2010
The Cameron Visiting Professor, Middlebury College, Vermont, October 2010
Panelist: Snakebit – Design Build Education, The Architecture & Design Film Festival, NY, October 2010
Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, October 2010
Boston Society of Architects, Massachusetts, October 2010
Norwich University’s School of Architecture, Vermont, October 2010
Canadian Society for the Decorative Arts, AGNS, September 2010
Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Maine, August 2010
AIA Redwood Empire Chapter, Sonoma, California, April 2010

Ghost 13 International Architecture Conference: Ideas in Things

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The Ghost Lab, on the farm of Brian MacKay-Lyons on the Nova Scotian coast of Canada, has been the research laboratory for MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects since 1994. It has been a meeting place for an international school of architects who share a commitment to: landscape, making, and community. From June 14th to the 17th, 2011, 24 members of this virtual school will congregate on the Ghost site as Speakers for a Conference on the theme of Ideas in Things.

These Architects operate within the master builder tradition and insist on the unity of our discipline, which embraces both the academy and practice, or the mind and the hand. Through a commitment to place, we represent a resistance to the numbing effects of a globalized culture.

Join us for what promises to be an historic event at the edge of the world. A book and a film will document the Conference. Participation is limited to 200 registrants. We are approved for core continuing education credits in Canada and the US.

Visit our website to register.

Nova Scotia Association of Architecture Awards

April 25th, 2011 § Comments Off on Nova Scotia Association of Architecture Awards § permalink

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects were awarded 5 Nova Scotia Association of Architecture awards in 2009.

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Excellence for Bridge House.

Lieutenant Governor’s Citation for Ghost Campus (Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia), House on the Nova Scotia Coast #22 Spa, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Port Campus (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and The Canadian Chancery and Official Residence (Dhaka, Bangladesh).

Cabot Links

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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have completed a new master plan for the redevelopment of Cabot Links, a true links oceanfront course in Inverness, Cape Breton. We also designed the new clubhouse that is currently under construction and is scheduled to open July1st, 2011. cabotlinks.com

Le Massif

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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects are leading a team, made of Rick Joy, Tom Kundig, and Michael Boucher, which has completed a new master plan for the ski resort, Le Massif, in Quebec. Various projects are under design and construction. Le Massif is headed by owner Daniel Gauthier, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil.

Cottages at Fallingwater

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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects were one of the six firms selected for the New Cottages at Fallingwater Design Competition. Other competitors included Patkau Architects (winner), Wendell Burnette Architects, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Saucier and Perrotte Architectes, and Olson Kundig Architects.

Employee Promotions in Firm

March 30th, 2011 § Comments Off on Employee Promotions in Firm § permalink

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects of Halifax are pleased to announce the following promotions. The firm recognizes their value through their commitment to design excellence and client service.

Melanie Hayne, BEDS, M.Arch., Senior Associate

Melianie is a recipient of the AIA Gold Medal at Dalhousie University. She was instrumental in the creation of the New Canadian Embassy in Bangladesh.

The Canadian Chancery and Official Residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh completed

April 1st, 2010 § Comments Off on The Canadian Chancery and Official Residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh completed § permalink

The design of an embassy or high commission is a privileged architectural commission. It offers the opportunity to represent the cultural values of one’s country internationally. Consistent with Canada’s domestic policy of multiculturalism, the project has a dual cultural responsibility, to represent the ‘guest’ country and to show respect for the culture of the ‘host’ country. Bangladesh is a country of extremes. It has one of the densest populations on earth and is one of the world’s poorest nations. It has a hot climate with monsoon rains that can leave as much as 90% of the country under water. A contextualist approach is not a style, but rather a discipline, a method, a way of seeing, which is culturally transferable. Building within the material culture of a place not only communicates a respect for regional context but also ensures the maximum economic value to the client. For further information see our portfolio.

Historic Octagonal Troop Barn Gets a New Life

July 18th, 2009 § Comments Off on Historic Octagonal Troop Barn Gets a New Life § permalink

Since the 19th century, the Octagonal Troop Barn has been a landmark along Highway 1 at Granville Centre, Nova Scotia. One of only two surviving octagonal barns in the province, the structure was built in 1888 by William B Troop. Sadly, this recently de-registered building was slated for destruction. Lead by Brian MacKay-Lyons, Architect and Dalhousie University Professor, Robert Cram of Lunenburg disassembled its post and beam wood frame, and had it transported to the farm of Marilyn and Brian MacKay-Lyons in Upper Kingsburg, Lunenburg County. There, it was reconstructed during the annual Ghost Architectural Laboratory, by 35 professional architects, architectural students, and builders, during the last two weeks in June. The Ghost Architectural Laboratory is an international design and build event, and is a research lab for internationally renowned MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited of Halifax, under the leadership of Brian MacKay-Lyons and Master Builder, Gordon MacLean. The structure is now nestled in a valley at the edge of the sea, overlooking the LaHave Islands, and will be used for a wide range of community gatherings. Its reconstruction was christened by an acoustic concert on June 26th 2009 by acclaimed Atlantic Canadian singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant.

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