McCarter, Nairne and Partners

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McCarter, Nairne and Partners

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  • McCarter & Nairne, Architects and Engineers

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McCarter, Nairne and Partners was formed as McCarter & Nairne, Architects and Engineers in 1921 as an architectural and engineering services company formed by the partnership of architect and engineer J.Y. (John Young) McCarter and architect George Colville Nairne. Both McCarter and Nairne had apprenticed a decade earlier in the Vancouver office of architect Thomas Hooper.

The firm continued as an partnership between its founders until the late 1940s, when other partners Maurice Helyer and J.B. Porter were added. Growth of the firm resulted in changes to the structure from a partnership to a corporate structure with more partners. G.C. Nairne retied from the firm in 1951 and J.Y McCarter in 1956.

After retirement of J.Y. McCarter, leadership of the firm passed to George Nairne’s son, Ron S. Nairne, who led the company until its closure in 1982.

In the last twenty-five years of the firm’s existence, a number of architects and engineers were associated with the firm including John H. Swerdfeger, William G. Leithead, W. Bruce Scott, K.E. Robert Kerr, Ralph E. Cole, Thomas M. Kirkham and Graham Tudor.


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J.Y. McCarter, Architect (1918-1921)

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J.Y. McCarter, Architect

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McCarter, Nairne and Partners

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2023-12-19, SLW




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