Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is a firm that manages to be both local and international. After years of schooling and traveling, Brian MacKay-Lyons returned to Nova Scotia "to challenge the historic maritime trend 'brain drain' trend". For over 30 years, he has created an international reputation for his distinctly local architecture. In 2005, MacKay-Lyons partnered with Talbot Sweetapple expanding his practice to include more international public commissions. Both MacKay-Lyons and Sweetapple are highly regarded educators in the field and run a summer internship program (currently on hiatus) called Ghost on MacKay-Lyons' farm. Below are a few of my favorite of their most recent projects. Check out their website for a full viewing of their beautiful work.