A time travel. Highland Village Interpretive Centre by Abbott Brown Architects

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Project team
Jane Abbott, Alec Brown, Katelyn Latham, Karen Mills, Kim Chayer, Asma Ali, Nick Glover.
Structural Engineering.- Campbell Comeau Engineering Limited.
Passive House Consultant.- Habit Studio.
Electrical Engineering.- Dillon Consulting.
Landscape Architecture.- Gordon Ratcliffe Landscape Architects.
General Contracto
Brilun Construction Ltd.
728 m².
4119 Highway 223. Iona, NS,B2C 1A3, Canada.
Agway Metals Inc., Vetta Windows & Doors.

Jane Abbott, Alec Brown. Abbott Brown

Abbott Brown is a Canadian architecture practice that was established in 2013. The partners, Jane Abbott (March ’06 from Dalhousie University) and Alec Brown (March ’93 from Dalhousie University) worked in Vancouver, Berlin, London, Copenhagen and Toronto before each returning to Nova Scotia. Much of their work reflects this intersection between modern, aspirational design thinking and an appreciation of the local Maritime context and conditions.

Abbott Brown Architects is the recipient of two 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Merit for Excellence in Architecture.

One award, in the large building category, is for the renovation of Dartmouth’s Zatzman Sportsplex in collaboration with Diamond Schmitt. The other, in the small building category, is for the renovation of the Alderney Gate pedway.

Jane Abbott 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. Jane teaches at Dalhousie and lectures more widely.

Alec Brown, 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.
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