February 23, 2014
by Canadian Architect
Lemay, a Montreal-based Canadian architecture and design firm, has negotiated another important step in its growth strategy by integrating into its ranks Eric Pelletier Architects (eparchitects) of Quebec City. This merger is an opportunity for Pelletier to expand his activities internationally, and to adopt a more multidisciplinary approach by joining with a larger firm that offers integrated services not only in Quebec and Toronto, but also in Algeria and Costa Rica.
“By joining forces with Lemay and its two decades of experience, eparchitects takes on a new challenge; that of pushing its boundaries even further on all levels of excellence, innovation and research, and most of all in terms of creativity and inspiration in the wonderful world of architecture,” said eparchitects President Eric Pelletier, whose expertise and that of his team will allow Lemay to further strengthen its presence not only on projects with a strong cultural component, especially libraries, but in architectural competitions of all kinds.
“This alliance will contribute significantly to reinforcing the creative offering of Lemay in all markets,” said Lemay President Louis T. Lemay. Pelletier added that from his perspective, the merger confirms the exceptional and exemplary qualities that made his firm’s reputation for excellence. Over the years, the company developed recognized expertise in completing cultural and urban projects like the Grande Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, the Charlesbourg Library and the Gaspé Museum. For Lemay, the merger speaks to the significant common interests of the two firms, who now have a shared road to combined growth by sharing values and cultivating a common vision. The approach adopted by eparchitects is in perfect synergy with that favored by Lemay; one that focuses on proposing innovative solutions based on an integrated multidisciplinary approach, while constantly questioning conventional methodologies.
Pelletier will remain an integral part of the leadership team as Principal Creative Partner, and will sit alongside the members of Lemay’s management team, composed of Principal Partners Pierre Larouche and André Cardinal, and Principal Creative Partner Michel Lauzon. Along with Lauzon and Lemay, Pelletier will participate in the founding of lemayLAB, a creation and advanced integrated research studio that will be part of the Lemay agency. In continuity with the creative direction undertaken at Lemay in 2009 with the arrival of Lauzon, lemayLAB will push the boundaries of creativity even further with the combined forces of these two dynamic creators. The mission of this new creative collaboration will be to offer clients the highest-level avant-garde architectural design, as well as innovative project development services, concept design and architectural and urban branding. It will also bring dynamism to Lemay’s participation in local and international architectural competitions. In addition to striving for excellence in architectural design, lemayLAB will explore creativity at the limits of identity, and urban design at all levels.
The Quebec City firm has in the recent past closely collaborated with Lemay on a number of projects, including the competition for the design of the Parliament of Costa Rica in San Jose, the renovation of the headquarters of Ubisoft in Montreal, and was a finalist in the competition for the new concert hall in Victoriaville. Louis T. Lemay said he is thrilled to welcome Eric Pelletier to the Lemay team, especially since eparchitects is a much sought-after firm, having won, among other prizes, the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture and various awards of excellence from Canadian Architect and the Quebec Order of Architects. Eric Pelletier will maintain his portfolio of clients and will continue to be active in the Quebec City market.