Brian Mackay-Lyons, Architect, USA, Photos, Houses, Canadian Designs, Images
Brian Mackay-Lyons : Buildings
Nova Scotia Architecture, Canada
15 Apr 2006
Brian Mackay-Lyons Architect
Architecture Information April 2006
FRAIC, RCA, (Hon) FAIA, NSAA, AAPEI, OAA, 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, and Italy, 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 ancestors have lived for nearly 400 years.
Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design
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 67 awards including Five Governor General Medals, The American Institute of Architects Honor Award, Ten Lieutenant Governor’s Medals of Excellence, Six Canadian Architect Awards, Two Record Houses Awards, and Three 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 of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA) in 2001, an honour given to only seven architects worldwide each year.
Brian’s work has been recognized by 165 monographs, books and journal publications internationally. A third monograph of Brian’s career written by Malcolm Quantrill and published by Princeton Architectural Press in New York, “Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons”, was published in 2005.
As a full professor of architecture at Dalhousie University, Brian has contributed to architectural education in the region for more than 20 years. He has held numerous endowed academic chairs and visiting professorships at leading universities including: University of Houston, Harvard, McGill, Syracuse, Tulane, Auburn, Texas A&M, Maryland, Arkansas, Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. Brian holds an international internship called Ghost on his farm each summer. He has given over 150 public lectures on his work internationally. The firms work has been the subject of 75 exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Houses designed in Atlantic Canada have made Brian a leading proponent of regionalist architecture worldwide. This recognition has led to a transition in the practice toward increased public and international commissions.
Brian Mackay-Lyons – public buildings
Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science
Academic Resource Centre, University of Toronto
Ship’s Company Theatre, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Brock University Academic Building and Campus Store, St. Catharines, Ontario
Dormitory, Marlboro College, Vermont
new Canadian Embassy and Official Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh
School of Business/Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, University of Prince Edward Island
new Student Centre and Dining Hall, Southern New Hampshire University
Recent Brian Mackay-Lyons building:
new Port Campus for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
with consultants Bruce Mau and Richard Serra.
Brian Mackay-Lyons Architecture PR from Peter Wilson 260406
Building PR Apr 2006
‘Talking Timber’ Lecture Series
Napier University Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh
All Brian Mackay-Lyons photos from Peter Wilson 260406
image from Richard Murphy Architects
St Bernard’s Row house
photo from the architects
Inverleith Terrace Lane House
picture from the architect
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