Actualité 12.04.2013

LECTURE – Design and Computation Arts Department (U. Concordia) – "Brian Mackay-Lyons: A Life in Architecture"

Thursday April 25, 4:00 p.m., EV 1.615*

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects | Dalhousie University, Halifax

“A Life in Architecture”

Design & Computation Arts Lecture series 2013 – Keynote Speaker

MACKAY-LYONS SWEETAPPLE ARCHITECTS is a world leader in critical regionalist architecture, designing buildings, which are a modern expression of local climate and material culture, at home and abroad.  The work demonstrates a commitment to cultural sustainability and environmental stewardship.  Through the presentation of residential, public, and Ghost projects, the lecture will articulate a modern regionalist philosophy and design language.  This involves both ‘listening’ to the logic of natural processes and cultural traditions, and ‘willing’ a utopian position.  This body of work expresses a frugal environmental ethic – economy.


A native of Southwestern Nova Scotia, Brian received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978 where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at U.C.L.A. and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Design. In 1985, he founded the firm Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design in Halifax. Twenty years later, he partnered with Talbot Sweetapple to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. The firm’s work has been the subject of over 100 exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe, 100 design awards, 300 publications, 200 public lectures and 18 academic chairs internationally. Brian is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), Brian was named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA) in 2001.

All lectures will be presented in English.

Concordia University
Design & Computation Arts
1515 St. Catherine St. W, 1st floor (EV 1.615)
Montréal, Quebec  H3G 2W1
514-848-2424 x: 4626

*Engineering/Visual Arts Building (EV), Ste-Catherine at MacKay, entrance on MacKay”

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(Source: Carmela Cucuzzella, PhD, Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, EV- Engineering, Computer Science – Visual Arts Integrated Complex)

(Photo: Two Hulls House (2011) Credit: Greg Richardson Photography)