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   South End Modern   Eave House   Open/Fold   Brook House   Pugwash   
Reclaim(ed) Living   North End Terrace   Cape House   Cross|Passage House   Shaw Island   East Coast Mobile   Hearth House  North End Garden  Bothy   Flemming   SkyBox House   Northwest Arm   Bump House   Martin's River   Henry Hill House   Jollimore   White Ash House   Back Box House   Gaspereau   Sallyway House  



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  Bell 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     


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.



© 2017 Abbott Brown Architects

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5657 Cornwallis St

Halifax, NS B3K 1B6

902 405 8877

photo credits: 1 & 4 - Julian Parkinson; 5 - Marvin Moore

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