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NSAA E-Bulletin
Issue 8 · September 2016

News · Events · Employment Opportunities
Professional Development · Committee Updates

Dear Members:

I am happy to report that our newly renovated window display, showcasing Nova Scotia Architects and their excellence in design, has been getting a lot of positive attention from passers-by and the community at large. We have been delighted to see people of all ages stop outside the building to view the images and models and have spoke with those viewing them. Their curiosity and enthusiasm confirms the public's interest in the value of architecture and its role in the community.

We are currently showcasing a career retrospective in memory of Geoff Keddy and his contribution to the architectural landscape in Nova Scotia.

We are committed to keeping the displays fresh, but we need your help! We encourage all members to consider submitting an expression of interest to have their work displayed in the windows. We are looking for display boards, models, and other associated artifacts to help draw the community's attention and bring awareness to the services an architect provides. Please click here for more information on the window displays and how to submit expressions of interest.

Yours very truly,

Gregory MacNeil, NSAA, RAIC
Nova Scotia Association of Architects

NSAA Seeking Speakers

The NSAA is preparing to organize various Speaker Sessions during Architecture Week October 3rd to 7th. We are generating a Speakers' Bureau of Licensed Architects who have experience presenting on the subject of architecture at conferences and in public. Please forward your name, past experience / presentation content to by September 16th, 2016.

Call-out for Window Display Submissions

Our Barrington Street windows have been getting a lot of attention since the addition of architectural displays by our members, and it is time to refresh and show off more amazing material by our members. Deadline for expressions of interest to submit is September 23rd, 2016.
Click here for more information.


NSAA Participates in Dalhousie Orientation Week

The NSAA will be once again participating in Dalhousie's Orientation Week as students return to Halifax for their studies. The NSAA will be sponsoring an Orientation Week luncheon on September 9th as well as participating as an official stop on the students' scavenger hunt through Downtown Halifax. The NSAA would like to welcome all new and returning students to the 2016/2017 school year and wish all the best this year and encourage them to become involved in their professional association (click here for student membership application).

AZURE - Exclusive Offer to NSAA Members

AZURE, one of the leading brands covering international contemporary design, architecture, and interiors, is offering a special subscription rate to NSAA members. Receive 8 issues of AZURE magazine in print (1 year’s worth) for only $20.00, or get both print and digital editions for only $25.00. That’s 50% off the regular subscription rate of $39.95, and over 70% off the newsstand cover price. Each idea-packed issue delivers readers an abundant collection of housing projects, interior design products, and emerging design trends, as well as profiles of rising designers and architects. To take advantage of this special offer, sign up at


Spyro Trifos, NSAA, Featured for Police Headquarters Project
Sydney Mines, NS - The Cape Breton Post has profiled
Spyro Trifos, NSAA, of Trifos Design Consultants Ltd. for its recent work in transforming the historic former town hall in Sydney Mines to the new headquarters for the Cape Breton Regional Police North Division. As per the Cape Breton Post, Trifos said it is a good example of repurposing a fine old structure to continue on with its life. “It takes a lot of dedication, will and teamwork to make that happen. This building will be here for the community to treasure for years to come.” Read more...
Nova Tayona, NSAA, Recognized for NS Beach House Project
Lockeport, NS - NSAA Licensed Architect Nova Tayona of Toronto has been recognized by Dezeen Magazine for a Beach House in Lockeport on Nova Scotia's South Shore.
As stated in Dezeen Magazine, "The clients were charmed
by the cozy quality of the site, due to the scraggly tamarack and spruce trees very particular to this part of Nova Scotia," said Tayona. Read more...


Winning Projects of Canadian Green Building Awards Announced

The winners of the ninth annual Canadian Green Building Awards, a program hosted by Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council, have been announced. Included in the winning projects is Dura House (Terence Bay, NS) from David Coole, NSAA, of DR Coole Architecture Inc.

RAIC Launches New Indigenous Task Force
A new RAIC task force comprised largely of indigenous architects and intern architects will seek ways to foster and promote Indigenous design in Canada, says RAIC President Allan Teramura, FRAIC. The inaugural meeting of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force took place June 9 in Nanaimo, BC (Snuneymuxw territory) during the 2016 Festival of Architecture. It is considered the largest gathering of Aboriginal architects from across Canada. Read more...

Call for Presenters - RAIC Festival of Architecture 2017

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) invite submissions for continuing education presentations for the 2017 Festival of Architecture, from May 24th-27th in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme is Architecture 150. The deadline for proposals is September 8, 2016. Read more...

Call for Nominations - RAIC College of Fellows

Nominations of new Fellows are now welcome to be submitted by e-mail to the Chairman of your Regional Committee for review. Please consider nominating your colleagues and mentors. The deadline to submit nominations is October 31, 2016. Read more...

Call for Nominations - Great Places in Canada

The Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes
the contributions of planners by celebrating
their lasting impressions on Canadian communities through the Great Places in Canada contest.
This national contest invites the public to nominate and vote for a great street, public space, or neighborhood. The deadline to submit nominations is September 30, 2016. Read more...


Call for Submissions - 2016 Wood Design & Buildings Awards

The 2016 Wood Design & Building Awards are now open and are accepting submissions. The Wood Design & Building Awards is the only North American program to recognize excellence in wood architecture. With submissions from North American and International architect firms, our program recognizes, awards and publicizes innovative projects that showcase wood as the  main structural component. Read more...


2016 Pan-American Architecture Biennial in Quito - XX BAQ2016

The twentieth Pan-American Architecture Biennial in Quito XX BAQ2016 invite you to participate in the Biennial Competition. Throughout 38 years, the Biennial Competition allows the analysis, exchange and comparison of more than 600 works and publications done in the North America and worldwide, rewarding their contribution to the fields of architecture, urbanism, and architectural theory.
Deadline for submissions is September 16th, 2016.



City Building Through Innovation & Collaboration Conference

A Canada-Sweden Initiative

September 19th - 20th

Over the past two years, WSP and its local partners have developed a platform for matchmaking businesses between Malmö, Sweden and Halifax. Designed to create business growth potential for cleantech and oceantech companies in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Malmö, Sweden, the platform offers effective ways of initiating dialogue between existing companies and identifying potential partnerships or growth opportunities. A delegation consisting of City of Malmö (including Mayor Ilmar Reepalu), Invest in Skåne, Cleantech Scandinavia, and a number of Swedish companies will visit Halifax to assess investment and market potentials. To capitalize on their visit, a series of public and private events will be held to learn from Sweden and to showcase our strengths. Read more...

Nova Scotia Heritage Conference
September 21st - 23rd - Kentville, NS

Adaptation and Opportunities is the theme for this year’s annual Nova Scotia Heritage Conference, entitled Harvesting Local Heritage. Click here for official news release. This three-day conference, focusing on built and cultural heritage, takes place in different regions across Nova Scotia each year. The conference will be held this year at the Municipal Complex in Kentville and the Old Orchard Inn on September 21st to 23rd. Excellent speakers have agreed to participate and the field trips promise to be both educational and energizing. Registration and further information on the program is available at

CANU8 Summit
September 22nd - 24th - Edmonton, AB

You are invited to the 8th CanU summit – “UrbanShift: Implementing People-Centred Design” – where you will engage in thought provoking and dynamic conversations that explore, celebrate, challenge and advance the state of Canadian urbanism. The summit will be structured to build upon a series of interconnected discussions and presentations that have meaningful impacts both on our individual practices and on our collective urban agendas.  Read more...
Roxul Energy Design Centre Con Ed Conference
October 4th - Halifax, NS

This 5-hour workshop delivers a comprehensive framework for the design of better building enclosures, and covers topics that are presented within the context of the Atlantic coastal climate. Read more...
Homecoming: Sexton Campus Celebration
October 14th - Halifax, NS

Dalhousie invites you to an informative afternoon and evening exploring the details of the innovation behind the design and construction of Sexton Campus' IDEA building as part of Homecoming: Sexton Campus Celebration. Join the Engineering and Architectural teams for an opportunity to learn and share your thoughts in 3 technical talks, a Keynote lecture, a brewery tour, and a closing reception. Read more...
World Design Summit
October 16th - 25th - Montreal, QC

The World Design Summit - Montréal 2017 (WDS) is an unprecedented international gathering of diverse disciplines with a common focus: how design can shape the built environment of the future. Montréal will host design professionals, government and business leaders, industry representatives, media and NGOs from around the world. For 10 days, attendees will come together to transcend silos, foster cooperation and enhance professional development. More than a mere celebration of design, the Summit will demonstrate the tremendous power of design to create viable solutions to global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges. Read more...
POP/CAN/CRIT: Current Conditions in Popular
Canadian Architecture Criticism

October 21st - Ottawa, ON

This is a public architecture event that will investigate the conditions of architecture criticism in Canada today. The symposium will bring together 12 of Canada’s leading critical architectural voices, and will see both invited speakers and those in attendance discuss and debate the current state, effectiveness, and future potentials of a professional criticism intended for the general public. As such, the symposium will explore the public, professional, and academic conversations surrounding criticism today, as well as broaden its public audience and understanding. Read more...
The Buildings Show
November 30th - December 2nd - Toronto, ON

The Buildings Show is home to Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, World of Concrete Pavilion, and IIDEXCanada, and together they create the largest North American exposition for the entire industry. More than 30,000 trade professionals attend the show annually to source the latest tools, products, solutions and technologies from more than 1,600 Canadian and international exhibitors. The Show also features an Innovation Demo Centre, where attendees can watch 30 minute demonstrations on leading-edge technological solutions, state-of-the-art products, and modern green practices on the Show floor. Read more...

Winter Cities Shake-Up 2017
February 16-18, 2017 - Edmonton, AB

In 2015, Edmonton, Canada hosted the first installment of this unique international conference, which implemented a holistic approach to bring together people from a wide variety of disciplines
and backgrounds to discuss all aspects of what makes a successful winter city. Delegates shared best practices, experienced what’s working in
the world of winter innovations at the conference’s urban field trips, and forged new approaches for improving the quality of life in winter cities. This meeting, which will focus on design and planning, industry and business, and culture will once again take place in Edmonton. Read more...

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunity with WM Fares Architects

WM Fares Architects is a young multidisciplinary design studio and prime building consultant located in the West-end of Halifax. Their studio is currently seeking individuals to fulfil two positions available immediately: Recent Architectural Graduate and Intern Architect / Design Architect.
Deadline for applications is September 9th, 2016.

Employment Opportunity with Architecture49 Inc.

Architecture49 is a leader in the integrated design and delivery of some of Canada’s most important buildings and environments. The firm is currently seeking an Intern Architect / Architect located in our Halifax office to join our team.
Deadline for applications is September 16th, 2016.

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