Talbot Sweetapple (MArchFP’97) was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1989, he attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy. In 1997, he graduated with a Masters in Architecture as a Sexton Scholar in the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He was also a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Medal.

During his studies, Talbot worked abroad at the office of Shin Takamatsu in Berlin, Germany, and upon graduation, he joined KPMB Architects in Toronto. In 1999, Talbot returned to Halifax to accept a position with Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design, and then partnered with Brian in 2005 to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. In 2014 MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm Award.

Talbot’s work concentrates on medium to large scale commissions, most notably the Academic Resource Centre at the University of Toronto, the Canadian Chancery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s Port Campus, the School of Nursing and the School of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. All of these projects have won numerous awards and have appeared in many international publications. In 2015, Refuge, a project designed and built by Talbot and a group of Dalhousie Architecture students was awarded an International North American Wood Design Honour Award.


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“Refuge”- recipient of the 2015 International North American Wood Design Honour Award

Talbot has held several visiting Professorships at leading universities, including Sargent Visiting Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, John Williams Professor at the University of Arkansas, Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis, and The Peter Behrens Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture in Dusseldorf. Currently, Talbot is a Professor of Practice at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning and a visiting lecturer at Stratheclyde University Glasgow Scotland.