2015/16 Lieutenant Governor’s Award

(photo: Julian Parkinson) The winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Architecture for 2015 have been announced, and our little Byre House addition in Kingsburg on the South Shore received an Award of Merit, the top award for any residential project in Nova Scotia this year.  We’re humbled,…

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Saltscapes Magazine

Saltscapes is featuring one of our Halifax projects in its Spring 2016 issue.

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A Discussion of Several of our House Projects

There’s been a lot of welcome interest in our residential work of late.  The architectural e-journal Sixty7ArchitectureRoad just approached us to do a feature. Here’s the link!


HR Offices, Dalhousie

Architecture for Halifax

Wow, lots of great reaction to our Trendsetter Interview in Halifax Magazine.  Thanks to Suzanne Rent for the interview.  Here’s the text: Jane Abbott and Alec Brown both grew up in Nova Scotia, but studied and worked around the world. Now partners at Abbott Brown Architects,…

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Byre House

Do we protect Architects, or Architecture?

Thank you to everyone who mentioned they’d liked our comment piece on CBC Information Morning on Thursday 24.11.2015.  Here’s a rough transcript:   I think it’s fantastic that you guys are having this discussion about local architecture.  I heard the architect Sid Dumaresq yesterday on…


Harbour East Community Council


West End Toronto

Great Cover, East Coast Living!

Many thanks to East Coast Living and to our noble clients for putting together a great article on Bump House #1.


Reclaim(ed) Living Project


Lieutenant Governor’s Award

We’re so happy that our newest project in Lunenburg has been recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Design Award – our second in two years.  The Bump House project was a labour of love, on a small budget.  Throughout the project we really stuck with our belief that new,…


South End Modern


Living Conservation Districts

We were just invited to present a paper at the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada at it’s national conference in Annapolis Royal.  Here’s an extract: …There are fascinating questions regarding the very possibility of meaning and authenticity in stylistic revivals, which I know…


Dartmouth Ferry Terminal


Lunenburg Bump House


Henry Hill House


Dalhousie Art Gallery Upgrades

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Recently published

One of our South Shore projects was featured in the Herald Magazine in its December 2014 issue.  This was a challenging project, carefully weaving in an addition of modern bright rooms to an immaculate 200-year-old cape house overlooking the water.  The owners have great furniture and a spectacular…


Lt. Governor’s Design Award

We are happy to announce that we have been awarded a 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit for our renovation of the HR Offices at Dalhousie.  It’s rare for an office project to ever get this recognition, which makes us extra-pleased.  Thank you to Dalhousie for…


Digital Animation Studio

“Workplace of the Future: an Open Space for Open Minds”

[excerpt from the Chronicle Herald 26-09-2014:] Interest in open-space, collaborative workspace by some of the world’s bigger employers is trickling down and creating demand for specialized local design, said Jane Abbott, with Abbott Brown Architects in Halifax.  “A bit part of our work relates to workspace design…


Cross|Passage House


Cape House Addition


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Kejimkujic Weather Station

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Gottingen Street Mixed-Use


Dartmouth Sportsplex Revitalization


Leave Out Violence


Pugwash Summer House


East Coast Mobile


North End Garden Addition


Flemming Heights


Leave Out Violence (LOVe) Halifax In 2011, we began working with Alec Brown on an ambitious relocation to a new leasehold space intended to be a long-term answer to our specific and unique spatial requirements. The new premises include a large workshop space, a communal…


Attic Lightroom


Academic Computing Services, Dalhousie


ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal

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The HUB Halifax


What Architects Do

There are many ways we help clients.  Usually, we touch on most of these in the course of a project.  Sometimes, we do more.  Other times, we help with specific problems.  There is no set, cookie-cutter way of working with an architect – it all…


Open-Fold House


Ancient Modern

Modern architects and heritage advocates in Canada generally regard one another with skepticism, if not disdain. Architects view heritage guidelines as constraints against design expression, while planners see architectural design apprehensively as a threat to historic preservation. Underlying both views is really a kind of…

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