The First BEAA | TALK NB

Featuring architect Melissa Wakefield of exp. architects in Saint John, NB

BEA Atlantic is pleased to announce its first BEAA Talk featuring emerging practitioner, and Design Architect with EXP Architects, Melissa Wakefield to be held Tuesday, February 19th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Saint John, New Brunswick.

BEAA Talks are a series of round-table discussions held at the offices of Architects across the region and provide a platform for promoting equality within the profession, through networking and leadership opportunities. The host speaker will share their learned experience that will include subjects pertaining to Practice Management, Project Management, Architectural Culture, Risk Management or the Legal Issues and Legislation related to Architectural Practice and the Construction Industry. BEAA Talks qualify for one (1) continuing education credit.

This is a free event but seating will be limited. Tickets will be available beginning Friday, February 8th at noon. All are welcome to attend.Don’t live in NB and want to come? Find out where to stay by contacting us at

Can’t make it to this Talk? Save the date for our next BEAA Talk – March 19th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted by Susan Fitzgerald of FBM.

EXP Architects
EXP is a multidisciplinary consulting firm with over 3,200 employees in 80 offices across North America and around the world. With a mission to understand, innovate, partner and deliver, EXP provides engineering, architecture, design and consulting services to the world’s built and natural environments. With 65 years of providing services to Atlantic Canada and a history spanning nearly 100 years in Canada, we have diversified the range of specialized knowledge we offer combined with superior local knowledge.  We deliver global expertise from a local presence in six key practice areas: Buildings, Infrastructure, Earth & Environment, Energy, Industrial, and Sustainability. Within Atlantic Canada, EXP Architects has used this experience to develop award winning projects such as the City of Saint John’s renovation of the Nick Nicolle; awarded the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Architecture Merit Award, as well as the 2015 ACEC Buildings Award.

Melissa Wakefield, AANB, OAA, MRAIC
Melissa is a Design Architect with strong design instincts and a practical range of professional experience honed over the course of her career working for some of Canada’s most celebrated architects including Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Acre Architects, and HoK. She is a dedicated professional who takes great care and pride in her projects which she demonstrates daily through her attention to detail, craftsmanship and resourcefulness. Over the course of her career, Melissa has been instrumental in the design, detailing, and construction of numerous custom residential projects throughout Eastern and Atlantic Canada. Her background in residential architecture ranges from hands-on experience with large budget, high-touch residential projects and has been a key team member for several large-scale projects including heritage renewal and infills, educational facilities, and a multi-million square foot fit-up. Melissa’s ability to keep design ideas in focus as they develop from schematic design into working drawings is a great asset to all her projects.  Since joining EXP in 2017, she has been a vocal advocate for design excellence; working to develop a locally focused design ethos and process for her office, as well as finding creative design opportunities for her clients at every turn.

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