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Issue 9 · October 2016
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The NSAA is happy to announce its first Architecture Week, October 3rd to 7th. This five-day festival will celebrate Architects and architecture through various events across Nova Scotia in Yarmouth, Sydney, and Halifax.
Simultaneously, the Architects Association of Prince Edward Island and the Architects Association of New Brunswick will also be holding Architecture Week, set to be an annual event kicking off on World Architecture Day (the first Monday in October). Click here for official press release for Architecture Week.

The NSAA and its volunteers have organized public lectures, heritage walking tours, and Bricks4Kidz events. The Bricks4Kidz events are visits to schools in all three locations where organizers and architects explain to elementary students the importance of building materials and structures, using LEGO, and donating the Lego sets to the school as a legacy of the event with the school.

Some highlighted events include:
  • " The Halifax Central Library - A Place for Everyone " Public Lecture with George Cotaras (Sydney)
  • "Ghana Library" Public Lecture with Jennifer Corson (Yarmouth)
  • Architectural Overdrive! Public Lecture with George Cotaras followed by an announcement by Mayor Mike Savage (Halifax)
Please see the NSAA website for more information on Architecture Week and the schedule of events from October 3rd to 7th.
The NSAA would like to thank its partners for Architecture Week:
The Province of Nova Scotia, the Department of Culture, Communities and Heritage, the Town of Yarmouth, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and
the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The NSAA is now active on social media, with fresh new pages made for
both Facebook and Twitter. Please visit both or either and like/friend/share/follow the NSAA! We will be sharing interesting news and events through these accounts so be sure to include the NSAA's social media pages in your favourites!


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 October 24th, 2016.
Click here for more information.


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


Halifax Central Library Receives Governor General's Medal
and Named in Top 10 Most Beautiful Libraries
The Halifax Central Library, brought by a collaboration between Fowler Bauld and Mitchell Ltd. and Schmidt Hammer Lassen, received its Governor General's Medal in Architecture at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawan, on September 20th. Medals were presented to the 12 recipients by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Halifax Central Library was recognized again in September, making Wired's 10 Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth. "A good library is more than a repository for books—it’s a community resource," says Wired's article, "Many of them function not just as singular temples to the written word, but community centers, auditoria, concert halls, and public gardens. All of them are works of art in themselves."
Click here for Governor General's Medal press release.
Click here for Wired's 10 Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Profiled by

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd. of Halifax has been featured by for the NS Lieutenant Governor Design Award Recipient, Enough House in Lunenburg on Nova Scotia's South Shore. As described by, "This steel-clad cabin perches on a beachside cliff and combines the simplicity of farm life with modern flourishes," and "sits comfortably amid 18th-century architecture, like the 1880-built octagonal Troop Barn and the Cheboque School House from 1830, and features a modern Corten steel exterior while its interiors are all warm wood beams and floors." Read more...

TEAL Architects Recognized for Upcoming Wood-Material Projects

Atlantic Wood Works has announced the development of Garden View, a six-story mixed-use building using an environmentally-friendly wood design. It is the first building planned for the Reinventing Main Street project that is looking to provide affordable housing in HRM.
Tom Emodi, NSAA, of TEAL Architects will be designing two of the buildings making up the project, being pegged as sustainable and innovative thanks to its key material - wood. "The coming age is the age of wood," says Emodi in the Chronicle Herald article profiling the future project.

Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning has a New Director of Career Services

Joanne Firth has taken over as the Director of Career Services for the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University. Joanne succeeds Paula Costello, NSAA, who retired earlier this year. Joanne is passionate about helping students successfully make the transition from post-secondary education to the workplace and has worked for 14 years in the field of career development. Prior to coming to DAL, Joanne worked for 13 years in the co-op program at Saint Mary's University and for one year at a non-profit career resource centre. If you are interested in engaging an architecture student or graduate from Dalhousie, please contact Joanne by phone at 902-494-6201 or email at Additional information can also be found here.

Dalhousie Fall Convocation's Honorary Degrees include
Australian Architect

Taking place on October 3rd/5th, Dalhousie University will be celebrting its latest graduates at its convocation ceremonies in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium of the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Among the honorary degrees being presented at the ceremonies is Australian Architect and teacher, Glenn Murcutt. 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 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. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 31st, 2016. Read more...


The Emerald Necklace: Preserving Olmsted's Jewel - Jarvis Lecture
September 29th - Halifax, NS
The Jarvis Lecture Series is a free public lecture offered at least once a year to the general public on topics related to the Halifax Public Gardens for the purpose of increasing the knowledge of the Gardens, its purpose, assets  and its relation to the community. The series is named for Mary Margaret Jarvis, a benefactor of The Friends of the Public Gardens. Read more...
Adaptive Storytelling in Some Bluenose Boatbuilding Sheds
September 29th - Halifax, NS
Presented by Emanuel Jannasch, this presentation will be taking place at the HA19 Auditorium at the Dalhousie School of Architecture. This is the second lecture in a series on Heritage and Development. Read more...
Fall Ideal Home Show 2016
September 29th - October 2nd - Halifax, NS
The Nova Scotia Fall Ideal Home Show returns to the all-new Halifax Exhibition Centre (formerly Exhibition Park). 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...
Architectural Overdrive! Fall Meeting and Lecture
October 5th - Halifax, NS
Presented as part of Architecture Week 2016, the fall meeting of Architectural Overdrive! will feature "a tale of two libraries" with a brief tour of the Seattle Central Library by T.E. Smith-Lamothe, NSAA, and the Halifax Central Library by George Cotaras, NSAA, of Fowler Bauld and Mitchell Ltd. This lecture will be held at Halifax City Hall and will be preceded by an introduction and announcement by Mayor Mike Savage at 6pm.
Halifax Centre Plan Roll-Out Presentation
October 11th - Halifax, NS
You are invited to the first presentation in the roll-out of the Centre Plan, beginning with the release and review of the plan’s objectives and theme policies. Read more...
Book Launch: Historic Halifax Streetscapes
October 12th - Halifax, NS
The Public Archive of Nova Scotia will be hosting the launch of Historic Halifax Streetscapes by Barbara DeLoryThis pocket-sized handbook contains 103 essays and 126 photos of historical structures: personal residences, iconic businesses and selected landmarks in downtown Halifax. 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...
IDNS Sip & Savour Soirée
October 21st - Halifax, NS
You are invited to the Sip & Savour Soirée, presented by the Interiors Designers of Nova Scotia and With Zest, a wine tasting event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
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...
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