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.
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 Hawke River House
Cross|Passage House Shaw Island East Coast Mobile 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
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 Highland Village Interpretive Centre Journeyman Film Company Dalhousie Art Gallery Zatzman Sportsplex Centre For Art Tapes Transportation Co-Lab
Halifax Shipyard Tel Lofts Music Nova Scotia ArtsPlace Selwood Green School of Architecture Lecture Hall Wolfville School
Alderney Library Drumlin Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Tiny Lab Yukoan Teahouse Gottingen Street Mix-use
Leave Out Violence DHX Media Keji Weather Station Alderney Commons Dartmouth North Library Halifax City Hall Clerks' Office Dalhousie Art Gallery Halifax Provincial Building Alderney Gate Drumlin Common Works
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.