Brian MacKay-Lyons welcomes new partner Talbot Sweetapple

Brian MacKay-Lyons has built an international reputation over 27 years based largely on the design of custom homes, evidenced by awards, publications, exhibitions, and academic chairs. Talbot Sweetapple joined the firm as it expanded to design public commissions. As project architect, he has been instrumental in the success of this transition.

A native of Gander, Newfoundland, Talbot Sweetapple, B.A., B.E.D.S., M.Arch., NSAA, is a Sexton Scholar graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) where he was awarded the AIA Medal and Certificate for Highest Academic Standing, and a travelling fellowship to study in Italy. He gained experience in the design of institutional buildings when he joined the Toronto firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg. While interning with Brian MacKay-Lyons Architect in 1993 and later joining the company in 1998, Talbot has been instrumental as project architect in the success of numerous award-winning houses and public building projects such as the Dalhousie Computer Science Building, the Academic Research Centre at the University of Toronto, and the new Canadian Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh (currently under construction) to name a few. Mr. Sweetapple is a sessional design instructor at Dalhousie University and guest teaches throughout the United States, most recently as the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis.

As Partner in MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited, Sweetapple will continue taking an active role in developing the firm’s expansion of public housing commissions. As a result of this growth, the practice recently built a new office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The medium-sized firm places emphasis on high design which creates buildings that are cultural landmarks, interpreting and invigorating their respective contexts. The firm offers architectural and urban design services to residential and institutional clients in Canada and abroad. For more information, please visit