Brian Lilley

Associate Professor


Phone: 902-494-1661
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • social role of architecture
  • urban revitalization
  • architecture and landscape
  • productive urban landscapes
  • computation in architecture
  • innovative building processes
  • materials research
  • responsive environments
  • design-build
  • public interest design
  • architectural experience and perception


  • BES, University of Manitoba
  • AADipl, Architectural Association

Current Teaching (2022–23)

  • ARCH 3207: Building Technology
  • ARCH 4003: Design
  • ARCH 4004/6002: Free Lab
  • ARCH 5212: From Principle to Detail
  • ARCH 5299: Technology Seminar
  • ARCH 5308: Professional Practice: Co-op Work Term

Research / Practice Interests

Prof. Lilley studies ecological, programmatic, and artistic strategies influencing design. His built projects advocate health and well-being of communities through capacity-building, especially through robust facade and garden design. He is involved in cross-disciplinary research into ceramic materials, as well as augmented environments such as computational representation of interior climate and networked knowledge-enhanced forms of circulation.

Selected Publications

Selected Built Works

  • North End Community Garden, Halifax (Dalhousie University School of Architecture Free Labs)
  • Pictou Landing Health Centre, Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia (with Richard Kroeker / Piskwepaq Design Inc.)
  • Casa Olea, Madrid
  • GSW Headquarters, Berlin (with Sauerbruch Hutton Architects)
  • Kalastchi House, Ascott, England (with Giles Prince)

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Cluster leader for Transgranular Perspiration, Smart Geometry conference, Troy, NY (2012)
  • Maritime Regional Coordinator for "Migrating Landscapes," Canadian entry for the Venice Biennale (2012)
  • Chicago Atheneum International Architecture Award (2010): for Pictou Landing Health Centre (with Richard Kroeker / Piskwepaq Design Inc.)
  • Architekturpreis BDA Berlin (2000); Deutscher Fassadenpreis VHF (2001), Bauphysikpreis; Benedictus Award (2003): for GSW Headquarters, Berlin (with Sauerbruch Hutton Architects)

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

Current Service Activities

  • contributor to the North End Community Garden greenhouse project and the North End Health Clinic, Halifax
  • advisor to the William King Elementary School outdoor amphitheatre project, Herring Cove, NS
  • contributor to the Urban Roots community garden project, Halifax