Acre Architects is pleased to announce that we have been awarded The 2018 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, on our proposal for Shaping Cultural Identity: Tourism Frameworks Creating Cultural Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, Southwestern United States & Norway. The Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded to practitioners whose built work demonstrates exceptional artistic potential in the field.

The Prix de Rome is an opportunity for the Acre to experience firsthand world renown projects, places and key people that have succeeded in creating a sustainable tourism that enhances a sense of place, including its environment, its heritage, its aesthetics, its culture, and the well-being of the people who live there. There is an appetite in the Maritimes to go beyond the sentimental pseudo-traditional recreated environments, complete with landlocked imitation lighthouses, and to explore new ways to guide the perception of a region toward more meaningful development. We want to be part of shaping an architectural history that bears witness to our era and its richly diverse ambitions, and this requires specialization and currency in learning from successful tourism precedents that serve to forge new ways forward.



The three jurors for the 51st Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence have been announced. This year’s submissions will be evaluated by Monica Adair, MRAIC, Ted Watson, MRAIC, who is a partner at Toronto-based MJMA,  and David Penner, FRAIC, founder and principal of David Penner Architect in Winnipeg. Celebrating 51 years, Canadian Architect has since 1967 sponsored an annual national awards program recognizing projects in the design stage.

Visit the Canadian Architect announcement to learn more here.

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Marvin Architects Challenge Winner

The 2018 Marvin Architects Challenge Best Transitional Award was announced and Acre’s Rosecoast Residence was chosen by the jury! The best Transitional Style Award recognizes work that mixes contemporary and traditional into one vision to create something that can feel both new and old at the same time.

The Rosecoast Residence displays a combination of contemporary architecture with cultural elements while blending in with the surrounding environment. From the judges: “Simplicity complemented the power of the architecture, relying on openings to create purposeful connections throughout the home.” We are proud to show this coastal New Brunswick structure at the upcoming AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York next week.


2 Acre Projects Recognized in First Ever Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards

Rothesay’s Unbridled Path and Saint John’s Port City Royal both received a 2018 Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Award at the RAIC / AANB Festival of Architecture President’s Dinner and Awards Gala here in Saint John.

These two projects speak to the different contexts from which their ideas were created, and we’re proud of our team in the acceptance of the first ever Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards! This award recognizes outstanding architectural design excellence by architects for projects completed in the Maritime Provinces.  We are what we create.

Thank you to the three associations that came together to create this award in the East!



Women of the Round Table

In partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick (AANB) is pleased to announce our own Atlantic Canada initiative which will launch mentoring events and networking opportunities for women in the architectural profession. Through this initiative we hope to leverage an opportunity for men, women, students and practitioners to connect with women leaders and mentors in our profession.

We will be marking the official launch of BEA Atlantic with ‘Women of the Round Table‘ on Thursday, May 31st from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM as part of the 2018 RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture in Saint John, NB.
We hope to see you there!


Jill’s Art Show

“As an Architect I am drawn to landscape painting for the freedom of the stroke and the release from my daily structure. I use it for a creative relaxation. I usually steer clear of depicting architecture in my paintings. With the excitement of having the RAIC Festival of Architecture here in our city at the end of May I was inspired to do a show on the beautiful architecture of our city.” -Jill Higgins

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM



Morning Mess

As part of the RAIC Festival of Architecture, RAIC EP will be holding an intimate event with Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales of Chevalier Morales Architects – winner of the 2018 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award – for a discussion on their professional path and the values and inspirations that inform their work. The talk will offer Emerging Practitioners the opportunity to ask questions and network in a casual setting at Acre Architect’s studio in Saint John. The event is a part of the Acre’s ‘Morning Mess’ series, and is open to EPs attending Festival, as well as the public.


POP // CAN // CRIT 2017

We’re excited for next week! Monica Adair will be part of a panel discussion in the upcoming POP // CAN // CRIT 2017 at Toronto’s Design Exchange on October 27th. POPCANCRIT brings together some of the leading voices  in architecture, design and activism for a national conversation on the issues, current state and future of marketing and promotion of architecture in Canada.

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