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.

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Acre’s Co-Founder and RAIC Young Architect of the year talks about her 10 years in architecture and life since graduating from AL&D this coming Thursday at 12:30pm.  The Daniels Sessions looks to explore new and alternative viewpoints on architectural practice and research.  Monica will be talking to students and staff about the building of Acre Architects, the Acre Collective and her journey from New York to Saint John.  Join us Thursday afternoon if you are in the area and you might also see us at Twenty+Change’s NEXT GENERATION launch at Urbanspace Gallery later in the evening!

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Join Acre’s Co-Founder Monica Adair tonight at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal for her talk on risk, play and not taking the conventional order of things as a given. The Walrus Talks start at 7pm and there will be a reception following. Doors open at 6pm. Check out the Walrus for the amazing 8 speakers! See you there.


A special look into our client’s lives.

Acre Architects is pleased to share a special look into the lives of our clients in two different Acre originals showcased tonight 10EST as part of the W Network’s Real House of…Atlantic Canada. These clients were amongst the first Acre supporters when we started our practice. It is great to see their dreams come to life. To think back to conversations over wine at the beginning of these projects turn into showcases of incredible homes in North America – quite humbling. Wonderful work Talons of Venice, Hemmings House Pictures and W Network – makes us want to keep creating! Also, seeing the footage of these projects makes us really want to thank all the talented people that brought it to life – especially: Judith & Robert and Chas & Jennifer!

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In case you missed ‘Ms September’, our very own Monica Adair talks bourbon, beer and passion; see Chatelaine’s feature of Ms.Adairhere.  And, in case you are in the mood for some musical Ms.Chatelaine nostalgia, take a listen to this link.

“You only have one life, and it just feels like it can be so big.” Monica Adair

Thanks to Sean McGrath for the  photo and to Mike Capson for the Chatelaine photoshoot and jokes on site. Monica also wants to thank Laura Smith, Char & Adam Donnelly for “la look”!



Acre Architects would like to thank everyone who came out to THE PARK, an urban intervention that took over Grannan Lane as part of Third Shift on Friday. Acre is excited to be a part of the discourse towards creating pedestrian prioritized streets & more parties in our beautiful city. Thanks to Third Space and everyone who made the event possible!

Photo by Mark Hemmings. You can see more of the great work he captured for Third Shift on his blog here!



Acre Architects is pleased to be joining the amazing organization CHAT To The Future, along with Martel Homes, to help develop, design, and construct a new orphanage for the organization’s children in Kasangati, Uganda.

CHAT’s mission is to connect communities across the globe, telling stories and sharing culture while maintaining a stable home and community for their children in Uganda. The Acre hopes to learn as much from this not so distant community’s stories as we share our own and do our part to give a bit more, an acre and a half.

Check out this video produced by Hemmings House Pictures for a little more on CHAT For The Future. 

For more on the project, check out todays article in the Telegraph Journal.


The first mess, and more to come!

Thanks to all who came out to our first Morning Mess event the other week, and a special thanks to our speakers Geof Ramsay and Wyatt Lawrence who shared some great stories on their work! Also a thank you to the King Street Second Cup Coffee Co. and Cookie Crumb Bakery in Rothesay for their help in supplying the breakfast.

Stay in touch on twitter (@MorningMessSJ) for news about our next event coming soon!