jane abbott NSAA LEED AP
Jane was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and grew up in Halifax. After an undergraduate degree at McGill she graduated from the renowned Theatre and Clothing Design program at the Danish Technical Design School in Copenhagen, and went on to work with the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet of Canada, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
After living and working in Toronto for a number of years, Jane moved back to Halifax, and graduated from Dalhousie’s School of Architecture, receiving RAIC Honors, the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the NSAA Thesis Award. She co-founded Abbott Brown Architects in 2013. Her work both with Abbott Brown and beforehand garnered multiple Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Design.
Jane teaches at Dalhousie, and lectures more widely. She has an abiding love of Danish design, and is a passionate voice for the role of progressive architecture in our lives and our communities. Jane is forever pushing for projects both in the office and beyond it to aspire to make a difference, no matter the context and limitations.
alec brown NSAA LEED AP
Originally from Montreal, and Lunenburg County, Alec studied Art History at St. Andrews in Scotland, and architecture at T.U.N.S. (now Dalhousie). He worked with several prominent architectural offices in Vancouver and Europe, including McDowell+Benedetti in London and Studio Libeskind in Berlin, before returning to Nova Scotia, and starting his own firm in 2009.
Over the years, Alec has worked on projects large and small that have been recognized through design awards and widely published. In 2011 his office was selected as one of 20 leading emerging designers by the national organization 20+Change. He teaches design at the Dalhousie School of Architecture.
Alec has been a vocal advocate for modernist design in the context of the rich landscapes and townscapes of rural Nova Scotia, which has become one of the core explorations of the office and led to a series of award-winning residential projects. He is a long time practitioner of Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea.
katelyn latham NSAA ARCHITECT
Katelyn was Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia but moved to Halifax to complete a Bachelor of Science prior to pursuing her education in Architecture. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 2014 and a Master of Architecture in 2016, both from Dalhousie University.
Katelyn did a work placement at Abbott Brown Architects during her Masters degree and immediately after graduation she re-joined the Abbott Brown team where she currently enjoys collaborating with her coworkers on buildings of all scales. Katelyn is a Certified Passive House Designer, which ties into her ongoing interest in the relationship between design, the world of construction and building science. When not in the office, Katelyn enjoys exploring Nova Scotia and hiking with her dog.
karen mills NSAA , INTERN ARCHITECT
Karen was raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She received a diploma of Graphic Design and Marketing Communications before pursuing an education in architecture at Dalhousie University. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 2018 and a Master of Architecture in 2020.
After graduation, Karen joined the Abbott Brown team, where she is working towards becoming a registered Architect. Outside of the office Karen enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and sharing meals with friends and family.
june jung NSAA , INTERN ARCHITECT
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, and having lived in Kyoto, Texas, and Oregon, June brings his diverse perspectives to the Abbott Brown team. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas where he was awarded a travel scholarship to research Peter Zumthor’s work in Germany and Switzerland.
Prior to joining Abbott Brown, June worked for a number of award-winning architecture firms in Texas, Oregon and Nova Scotia. Before moving to Halifax, June also ran a small architecture practice with his wife in South Korea.
June is passionate about designing buildings that are connected to people and context. He enjoys working on buildings of all scales; private residences and public projects are of special interest to him. When not at the office, he enjoys travelling, being outdoors, and hiking with his family.
leanna letterio designer
Originally from Alliston, Ontario, Leanna moved to Halifax eight years ago to study planning and architecture at Dalhousie University. She received both bachelor degrees in Community Design and Environmental Design Studies before completing a Master of Architecture in 2021.
After a well-deserved summer break, Leanna did some small contract work with a local architecture firm before joining the Abbott Brown team in early 2022. She is most passionate about how design can impact change in the environment and foster growth in a community. Residential and public projects are of particular interest, but she’s excited to learn and work on buildings of all scales.
Outside of architecture Leanna has a heart for anything outdoors from running and hiking, to surfing and camping. She also loves to connect with others through sharing good food and engaging in her practice of yoga.
Photography: Marvin Moore