Peter Braithwaite

principal + architect

Peter was born in Windsor, Ontario, and spent part of his early childhood living in South Africa. In 2000, Peter moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia. It was in Vancouver that Peter honed his skills as a carpenter and cabinet maker.

In 2007, Peter moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and a Master of Architecture at Dalhousie University. Upon graduation, he received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal for achieving the highest level of academic excellence in his graduating class. Peter was also awarded a Rosetti travel Scholarship to conduct studies pertaining to his thesis.

During his studies, Peter gained valuable experience working with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited, and had the opportunity to contribute to a number of exciting projects such as the Fallingwater On-Site Cottage Competition and the Two Hulls house.

Upon graduation, Peter took a leadership position with Omar Gandhi Architect and acted as the Project Manager for a number of award-winning projects, such as Black Gables, Harbour Heights Residence, Rabbit Snare Gorge Cabin, and the Cabot Cliffs Golf Course Clubhouse.

In 2014, Peter established Peter Braithwaite Studio Ltd. which strives for excellence in both design and craftsmanship. With an strong appreciation for the benefits of maintaining strong ties with the academic community, Peter began teaching at the Dalhousie School of Architecture as a sessional instructor in May 2015 and presently holds the position of Adjunct Instructor. Peter teaches both B1 and B2 Design semesters at Dalhousie School of Architecture on an annual basis.

Tom Lutes

operations manager + carpenter

Tom was raised in Rothesay, New Brunswick, where he was first introduced to construction as a labourer for Dora Construction. While working in commercial construction Tom realized his true admiration for building was founded in principles of traditional and custom craftsmanship. 

Tom left Rothesay to attend St. Francis Xavier University where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Economics & Psychology with an Honours Thesis in Psychology, in 2014. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Tom spent his summers working in construction, where he found joy in all aspects of building from swinging a hammer to construction management. 

Upon graduating from St. FX, Tom moved to Halifax, where he completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management from St. Mary’s School of Executive & Professional Development in 2015. Tom is also attending a four-year carpentry apprenticeship program through Nova Scotia Community College and is scheduled to graduate with his Red Seal in March 2018.

To date, Tom’s proudest build, has been constructing his family cottage in New Brunswick. In creating a space that would bring joy to his family for years to come, Tom realized the meaning that comes from building beautiful things. With a passion for work reminiscent of a time when carpentry was about making meaningful craftsmanship, Tom is a natural fit for the Peter Braithwaite Studio team.

Matt Gillingham

studio manager + designer
Dip. Mus, B. Mus., BEDS, MArch candidate

Matt was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and began his early working career as a professional drummer. He began his academic studies at McEwan University in 2010, and graduated with a Diploma and Bachelor Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2015, as a drum set performance major.

Upon graduation, Matt lived in Hungary for a year with his wife, before returning to Canada to attend Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Environmental Design program. He eagerly began his studies at the Dalhousie School of Architecture in the fall of 2016 and was awarded the Portfolio Prize and Ojars Biskaps Award for his design work in the final semester of the BEDS program. Matt is currently enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program and is expected to graduate from Dalhousie in May 2020.

Matt is excited for the opportunity to work alongside Peter who was both his teacher and mentor at Dalhousie University. Matt’s artistic background brings a unique multi-disciplinary approach to design to the office, and his passion for physical models, hand crafted design and building projects in Nova Scotia’s unique landscape.  

Colin Darcy

site foreman + carpenter

Colin Darcy is a skilled craftsmen that cares deeply about precision, style and execution. Growing up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Colin  spent many years training and coaching sprint canoe and kayaking where he learned the values and dedication required to bring goals into fruition. At the age of 23 Colin started his first carpentry company where he grasped the ebb and flow of site management and client expectations. Colin currently acts as the site foreman for Peter Braithwaite Studio where he oversees the day to day operations of the job site.

Caitlin Stairs

architectural designer
BEDS candidate

Born in Invermere, British Columbia, and having grown up in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates, Caitlin’s international upbringing and accompanying travel opportunities prompted her interest in both people and their architecture.

After having spent 12 years overseas, Caitlin returned to Canada to pursue an education in architecture and to rediscover her East Coast roots. Caitlin was admitted to the architectural program at Dalhousie University after two years of studies in a Bachelor of Arts program.

Since her admittance into the Bachelor of Design Studies, Caitlin has been involved in the Equality in Architecture society, the Dalhousie School of Architecture Association, and was awarded this year’s Medjuck Design scholarship for an outstanding record in design.

Inspired by the immersive design-build approach taken by Peter Braithwaite Studio, Caitlin is excited to learn from the practice of incorporating crafted details and true material expressions into many aspects of design.

Kyle Cheeseman

architectural designer + carpenter
BEDS candidate

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kyle has always had a keen interest in both design and craft. These interest developed further during his apprenticeship for small local company which specialized in custom residential millwork.

Later Kyle moved to Ottawa, Ontario, where he worked at an established custom furniture shop which enabled him to continued to develop his carpentry skills. Frequent explorations of both Ottawa and Montreal expanded his interest in both design and construction beyond furniture and cabinets alone.

Later Kyle returned home to Halifax with the goal of studying architecture while working for a small local carpentry shop that specialized in heritage restoration. Kyle presently works with Peter Braithwaite Studio and studies at Dalhousie School of Architecture.

Curtis Spriggs

carpenter assistant

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Curtis spent his summers as a child building tree forts with friends. A life-long interest in construction and wood-working began that would eventually lead him to PBS.

As a musician with a background in studio-engineering, Curtis has developed a passion for perfecting details and working closely with others; skills which he applies daily with PBS.