abbott brown  is an architectural office in Halifax, Canada with a reputation for strong, innovative design. The firm undertakes projects at a range of scales, from small residences to large public commissions.

We believe that good design empowers spaces and people.  We create environments that are bold, thoughtful and bright.  We bring an open-minded attitude, listen, and look for the hidden potential within any given scenario.

The work of the office has been recognized nationally and has received multiple design awards.



Lookoff House   Byre   West End Toronto   Eave House   Open/Fold   Brook House  Ravine House
Liminal House   Pugwash   Reclaim(ed) Living   North End Terrace   Cape House   Cross|Passage House 
Shaw Island   East Coast Mobile   The Hip Boathouse   Hearth House  North End Garden  Bothy   Flemming   
SkyBox House   Back Box House
   Gaspereau   Sallyway House   The Dovecote   Northwest Arm   
Bump House   Martin's River   Henry Hill House   Macara   Jollimore   White Ash House   

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Dalhousie HR Offices   The HUB   Musquodoboit Harbour Library   Dartmouth Ferry Terminal   Craig Gallery   Lunenburg Boathouse    Harbour East Community Council   Dalhousie Computing Services   Carroll's Corner Centre   Journeyman Film Company   
Dalhousie Art Gallery   Centre For Art Tapes   Transportation Co-Lab
  Zatzman Sportsplex   Halifax Shipyard   Music Nova Scotia  ArtsPlace   Selwood Green   School of Architecture Lecture Hall   Maritime Museum of the Atlantic  Tel Lofts   Tiny Lab 
Wolfville School   Yukoan Teahouse   
Gottingen Street Mix-use   Leave Out Violence   DHX Media   Dalhousie Art Gallery   
Keji Weather Station   Alderney Commons   Dartmouth North Library   Halifax City Hall Clerks' Office   Halifax Provincial Building     

our office  PEOPLE       AWARDS

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 equally committed to designing welcoming, safe spaces that offer design equity for all ethnicities, sexualities, genders and disabilities. This means working in meaningful collaboration with communities and individuals whose voices have been overlooked.

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5657 Cornwallis St

Halifax, NS B3K 1B6

902 405 8877

photo credits: 1-3 - Julian Parkinson; 5 - Marvin Moore