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Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, Montreal, Canada

Tuesday 05 Apr 2011

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Canadian design firm set for global prominence 

Founded in 1988 by Gilles Saucier and Andre Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes is a multidisciplinary practice that is internationally recognised for its institutional, cultural and residential projects. The firm represented Canada at the Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2004, and has been honoured with numerous awards, including 7 Governor General's Medals/Awards in Architecture as well as two International Architecture Awards.

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. While continuing to add to its significant body of built work in Canada, the firm is expanding its international portfolio of work in Japan, China, the Middle East and Africa. In 2009, Saucier + Perrotte received the RAIC Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Firm in Canada.

The firm believes that the architectural process can touch all aspects of design intervention; from masterplanning and redevelopment to single family homes, from sustainably-designed dwelling complexes to museums and theatres, from interiors to object design. Since its inception, Saucier + Perrotte has integrally linked its architecture to geology and the landscape, stressing the physical and symbolic importance of the project site. The firm's studio/research-based approach reflects its understanding of architecture's role in shaping the contemporary city and the rural landscape.

Saucier + Perrotte believes in the inherent potential of contemporary design to play a positive role as an instrument of progress within a city and its communities. While their team is committed to sustainable design, they are dedicated to architectural creativity and innovation. In fact, their design-orientated team focuses on defining a synergistic relationship between sustainability and architectural excellence to the extent that they become integrated and indistinguishable from one another.

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