Founded in 1988 by Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes is a multidisciplinary practice that is internationally renowned for its institutional, cultural, and residential projects. The firm represented Canada at the prestigious Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2004, and has been honoured with numerous awards, including 8 Governor General’s Medals and Awards (presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada), three P/A Progressive Architecture honors (presented by Architecture Magazine), and two International Architecture Awards (presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies). Saucier + Perrotte’s highly acclaimed buildings have been published the world over, reflecting the office’s status as one of Canada’s premier design firms.
Saucier + Perrotte has previously been part of important exhibitions: Les lieux de la couleur presented at the CCA in 2000, Childhood Landscapes, Topographical Unfoldings presented in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Buffalo (USA) between 2002 and 2004 and Substance Over Spectacle in Vancouver (2005). In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Architecture began archiving architectural drawings and models by Saucier + Perrotte, and in 2007, the CCA selected the firm to design its exhibition on the Oil Crisis of the 1970’s, entitled 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas. In 2009, Saucier + Perrotte received the RAIC Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Firm in Canada and more recently, in fall 2014, both partners have received the first Ernest-Cormier Prize from the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communication for the overall quality of their work.
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Gilles Saucier received his diploma in architecture (B.Arch ) from Laval University in 1982. As design partner, he is responsible for the overall design of each project, ensuring that the design team responds to all the criteria. His commitment to design excellence is well recognized by the architectural press worldwide.
Since 1990, he has been a visiting professor and an invited critic at several Canadian and American Universities, including MIT, University of Montreal, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and University of Seattle. Furthermore, Gilles has been invited as a guest speaker for AIA in Seattle and San Francisco as well as for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the New York Architectural League. He has also lectured in Toronto at the power-plant series and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for “Architecture Rampant”. Finally, his work as a photographer has fine-tuned his approach to architecture and helped to develop his perspective on the world and his work.
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André Perrotte studied architecture at Laval University in Quebec City where he received his degree in 1982 (B.Arch). As project partner, André Perrotte is in charge of the coordination for each step of the design and construction process and is in charge of the administrative management of each dossier with the client. He is involved in the design phase in conjunction with Gilles Saucier and directs the flow of information between all parties involved in the design process. André possesses a vast field of expertise, mainly in managing multidisciplinary teams from control to production, costs to schedules, and techniques to construction systems. He is widely recognized for the rigor and creativity of his approach towards construction as an expression of contemporary culture. Since 1989 André Perrotte has taught architecture and been a visiting critic at several Canadian universities, including University of Montreal, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, McGill University, and UQAM.
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