March 19, 2004
by by Brian MacKay-Lyons F.R.A.I.C., (Hon) F.A.I.A., R.C.A.
On February 26, 2004 the architectural community in Nova Scotia lost one of its most respected voices, Bill Lydon of Lydon & Lynch Architects, Halifax. Bill never forgot his working class Irish roots in St. John, New Brunswick. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1967, and Master of Architecture from Harvard in 1977. While a senior associate with ARCOP he worked on the World Trade Center in New York and was the director of design for Toronto’s Harbourfront. Upon moving back to Halifax in 1977, he developed the Master plan for the Halifax Dartmouth waterfront. After teaming with classmate Andy Lynch the two would found Lydon & Lynch Architects of Halifax in 1979. His firm won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for the design of The Waterfront Sheraton Hotel, along with numerous other regional and national awards.
Bill was committed and passionate about his family; his community; and the architecture community. He represented a holistic view of a life in architecture. In a profession that is all too often rife with professional competition, and professional jealousy, Bill’s was a consistently generous voice. Like many others I have been touched by the generosity of his spirit, and owe him a personal debt of gratitude. A scholarship has been established in Bill’s name at the Dalhousie School of Architecture.
Bill’s funeral mass at St Mary’s Basilica in Halifax was filled to capacity with a truly broad cross section of the community that he loved and served selflessly. It was a sad day for architecture.