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 Liminal 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 Macara Jollimore White Ash House Back Box House Gaspereau Sallyway House The Dovecote
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
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.