abbott brown is an architecture studio in Mi'kma'ki (Nova Scotia) with a reputation for bold, impactful design. Completed works have been at a range of scales, from large public commissions to small residences.
We believe that good design empowers spaces and people. We create environments that are engaging, considered, and healthy. We bring an open-minded attitude, listen, and look for the hidden potential within any given scenario.
Projects completed by the office have received multiple design awards.
Musquodoboit Harbour Library - Dartmouth Ferry Terminal - Harbour East Community Council
Highland Village Interpretive Centre - Zatzman Sportsplex - Woodside Ferry Terminal
Tel Lofts - School of Architecture Lecture Hall - Alderney Library Drumlin
Gottingen Street Mix-use - DHX Media - Alderney Commons - Halifax City Hall Clerks' Office
Pool Pavilion in the Halifax Common - Alderney Library Drumlin - Dalhousie HR Offices
Abbott Brown was established in 2013. The partners, Jane Abbott and Alec Brown worked in Vancouver, Berlin, London, Copenhagen and Toronto before each returning to Nova Scotia.
Much of our work reflects this intersection between modern, aspirational design thinking and an appreciation of the local Maritime context and conditions.
Our approach is rooted in the conviction that architectural design can be richer and more impactful than it often is. We search for new opportunities to improve a given scenario, to be clear in the design idea, and to distill issues down to strong elemental moves which in turn bring buildings to life. We work collaboratively with our clients, with builders, engineers, craftsmen and artists to draw these qualities out and to create spaces with a joyful and rooted sense of place.
Abbott Brown Architects strives to provide an inclusive and diverse creative and working environment. We are committed to designing welcoming, safe spaces that offer design equity for all ethnicities, sexualities, genders, and abilities. This means working in meaningful collaboration with communities and individuals whose voices have been overlooked.