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Join us alongside ACAP Saint John and Growth & Community Development for Placemaking Design Studio to generate interventions for the Uptown Saint John Neighbourhood Plan. Coffee and snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing and hearing about your ideas!

Thursday, July 20th

Doors open at 8:15am

Studio starts at 8:30am

Wrap up by 9:30am




We are super proud and grateful to have received the 2017 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture earlier this week from The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. This award was given for our design of the  Into the Wild  project here in Saint John.  Acre also was awarded an award of Merit for our design of Tinkers Apple Orchard  on the Kingston Peninsula.

“I am proud to highlight the work of Acre Architects,” says Lt-Gov Roy Vienneau.  “Good architecture and design should evoke emotion.  It should make us happy or solemn.  It should dazzle or calm us.  It should make us feel something.  I believe this project does.”

See more detail from the  Architecture Association of  New Brunswick HERE 




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“In what may prove their most transformative project yet, the couple will turn their attention to the elephant in their profession’s room by showcasing inspiring female role models as a counter to architecture’s stubborn gender imbalance”  – Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace, founder of Pigeon Creative discusses Acre’s latest investigation into the startling gender imbalance in our profession in her article  - Shedding Light. The Canadian Art article features our Third Shift installations LeParc & The Parc, which exemplifies Acre’s show-don’t-tell approach to creating change.

With architects working tirelessly to advance our built environment, what does it say if we cant advance our profession? WE ARE WHAT WE CREATE.

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FINAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Final call for submissions for the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize is March 8, 2017 at 5pm EST. The $100,000 prize is awarded to an architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration, based anywhere in the world, in recognition of a single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness.

Acre Architect’s Monica Adair will be a part of the seven person Jury, read more here.



Four Acre Architects projects and Acre partners, Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp, are featured in a new documentary produced by Hemmings House Pictures and released through CBC called City on Fire. The documentary celebrates the social fabric of the port city of Saint John, NB, while being true to the very real challenges this city as well as many other cities face across Canada. It’s hosted by comedian James Mullinger, who is experiencing a career resurgence from his new home town. This is used as a backdrop to move the story along, while he interviews other progressive players in the city who are contributing to the palpable energy and new growth, including, The Acre.


The full documentary is available on the CBC website online here



Wallpaper* is the world’s number one global design destination, championing the best in architecture, interiors, fashion, art and contemporary design. Each year Wallpaper Magazine publishes a list of 20 firms that they see as the rising stars and breakthrough practices from around the globe. Acre Architects is thrilled to be selected for the 2016 Wallpaper Architects Directory amongst a stellar group of trailblazers that we look forward to calling colleagues on our road to creating great things.

A pivotal experience in light of the recent loss of one of architecture’s great Architects – Zaha Hadid that the guardian called “ Queen of the curve”. The photoshoot took place at Zaha Hadid’s Middle East Centre at St.Antony’s College in Oxford University. Founded in 1957, the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College serves as the University of Oxford’s facility for research and teaching on the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey from the 19th century to the present day. It is humbling to stand in a group representing part of the future of architecture in the legacy of such a powerful individual. It was a great experience and we look forward to crossing paths often with this dedicated directory.

A full digital feature can be found on the Wallpaper website HERE

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Nanaimo: Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community

Acre’s Co-Founder Monica Adair is speaking at the Royal Architecture Institute Of Canada’s  2016 Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo Thursday June 9th.  Alongside Monica, the Plenary session:  Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community will include Brian MacKay-Lyons, Marc Kushner,  Peter Busby and will be moderated by Shirley Blumberg!

Monica will also be speaking on June 11th about our Storied Architecture – Creating Meaning on the Fringe. If you are in the area, please register and come say  hello!

See more at: RAIC Arch Festival


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You can [can't] have it all

As partners in both life and business – they’re husband and wife and founders of Acre Architects – Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp are no strangers to juggling work life and home life and everything in between.

They don’t believe they can have it all, but strive to make their time matter.  Read more about their interview with Huddle here.


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Join us for presentations and discussions from Greg Hemmings of Hemmings House and Adam McKim, founder of local charity CHAT to the Future. They’ll be here to talk about the history of CHAT to the Future, the recent founding of Ugandan sister organization CHAT U, and the future of these efforts to promote global citizenship,  social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development across the world.

Acre and CHAT will also be unveiling our preliminary designs for the CHAT U House.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Doors open at 8:10
Presentation starts at 8:30
Wrap-up by 9:30

Acre year in review

Studio review: 12 months of 2015

2015 was a big year for us in many different ways.  Here are twelve of our favourite memories at the office and at the job site;

1. Co-Founder Monica Adair wins the RAIC Young Architect Award.
2. Partners Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp speak at Portland’s Museum of Art for Architalx lecture series.
3. Part of ThirdShift, our THE PARK installation transformed Granan Lane shifted peoples perception of the transformative potential of what urban space could be.
4. Acre’s work and process profiled in the May issue of the AIA’s ARCHITECT magazine.
5. Co-Founder Monica Adair is Chatelaine’s Ms. September!
6. Acre’s adaptive re-use work in designing Port City Royal recognized with city Heritage Award.  See Port City Royal listed as En Route’s 2nd best new restaurant of the year!
7. Not one, but two of Acre’s custom home designs featured in Playboy. Yes, Playboy.
8. W Network’s ‘Real Houses Of….‘ showcases two Acre projects in Season 1, episode 8.
9. Monica Adair talks about creating your own myth at the Walrus Magazines Innovation lecture series.
10. The first of our morning lecture series Morning Mess is created. We try to have one every couple of months or so and the next one will be mid-January.
11. The RoBe house featured in Dwell Magazine’s Rooms We Love issue!
12. Canadian Business magazine profiles Acre in How Great Design Happens.