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    September 18, 2017

    FBM has had a lot to celebrate this month. In addition to hosting their 100th Anniversary event earlier this month, the firm has brought on Nikki Steele who will join D’Arcy Dennehy in leading up their interior design division.

    “We felt strongly early on in our recruiting process that Nikki was the right fit to join the FBM team,” says George Cotaras, President of FBM Architecture and Interior Design. “Obviously her experience in the industry and her leadership roles impressed us, but more importantly we needed to find the right person who would wholeheartedly embrace our vision of people driven design; that was Nikki.”

    Steele arrived in Halifax late this summer after spending over ten years at 4té inc. a renowned commercial interior design firm based in Ottawa. She graduated from Mount Allison University and went on to receive an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Algonquin College before joining 4té inc., where she was the senior designer for large-scale, high-profile private sector and Government of Canada design projects.

    “After ten years with a great organization, I was feeling the urge to shift gears and embark on a new challenge,” says Steele. “FBM has established itself as a leader in the design industry, so being provided with the opportunity to further advance their interior design division is an incredible opportunity.”

    Founded in 1917, FBM has been a landmark in Halifax for 100 years. It is now a firm with over 25 employees led by three architects, a senior technologist and the firm’s accountant.

    “More and more, our clients – especially our returning clientele – are looking to us to expand our service offerings to include interior design, and as a result, this department within our firm has built a strong base in recent years”, says Cotaras. “I have no doubt that Nikki is the right person to continue this momentum, and further to that, she will be an important contributor to the design industry in Halifax and Atlantic Canada.”

    To date, under the strong leadership and direction of D’Arcy Dennehy, FBM’s Interior Design team has recently worked with Studio 21, Dalhousie University at Jenkins Hall and The MacRae Library Student Learning Commons, Emera’s Nova Scotia headquarters and several major interior design projects for the Federal Government in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.



  • Party of the Century!


    FBM’s 100th Anniversary event at the Halifax Central Library Friday evening was a fantastic success. Thank you to all that came out to celebrate with us! Please click the link below to watch the short video that was featured during the event.  

    Video Link / Photos and video by Julian Parkinson.


  • FBM marks 100 years in business


    On September 8th, FBM will host clients, partners and community leaders to celebrate 100 years of people driven design. 

    “It’s remarkable to think of the impact the firm has had in Atlantic Canada, and even outside of our region, over the last century,” said George Cotaras, President of FBM. “When we look at the various projects that have been designed and executed across the decades you can absolutely see how our firm has evolved – but one thread remains consistent throughout – we have, and we will continue to, design spaces that feel good and strive to build and strengthen communities.” 

    Located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, FBM practices nationally and internationally. A firm of over 20 people, FBM is owned and managed by a group of three architects, a senior technologist, and the firm’s accountant. All are active in the work of the practice. 

    The comprehensive team includes professionals encompassing multiple facets of building design; architects, interior designers, technologists, and sustainability experts allowing the company to provide excellent service on a broad range of projects. FBM’s portfolio of work includes commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, industrial, health care and cultural projects, in both the private and public sectors.

    As part of the 100 year celebrations FBM is launching a new logo and website inspired by a refreshed vision for the future. 

    “We have an exceptionally talented group of designers,” said Susan Fitzgerald, Partner and Architect with FBM. “This 100th Anniversary allows us the opportunity to take a moment and reflect on what we have accomplished together, and map out our future direction so we can continue to excel for our clients.”

    Allison Garber, Communications Specialist     
    (902) 221-5254