A firm partly owned by a local architect continues to receive widespread acclaim for its work.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) selected MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, of Halifax, as the winner of its 2014 Architectural Firm Award.
Talbot Sweetapple, of Centre Burlington, and Brian MacKay-Lyons are the senior partners at the 16-person firm founded by MacKay-Lyons in 1985. Both architects are also professors at Dalhousie.
“It’s one of the biggest awards you can get in the country, so we were pretty excited,” said Sweetapple.
“There’s never been an Atlantic architect east of Montreal to receive one of these.”
Sweetapple says they take pride in knowing the award recognizes their practice as a firm that produces high quality work time and time again.
A press release the RAIC issued to announce the recipient of the Architectural Firm Award says the jury selecting the winner of the award felt the distinct work of the architects at Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple “successfully expresses a strong connection with the Maritime region and its built heritage.”
Sweetapple says a lot of the modern structures they design are influenced by the past.
“[We] look to the landscape and vernacular structure for inspiration and guidance from our elders,” he said, noting that the Windsor area, in particular, is rich with interesting landscapes and historic value.
The RAIC Architectural Firm Award is presented to a firm that is consistently commended for its quality architecture, customer service, innovation, educational efforts and public presence. It will be presented at the RAIC…