March 30, 2016
by Canadian Architect
Montreal-based architectural firm Fournier, Gersovitz, Moss, Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA) has incorporated under a new name, EVOQ Architecture. EVOQ will be guided by the same management team of Alain Fournier, Julia Gersovitz, Rosanne Moss, Georges Drolet, Giovanni Diodati, Dima Cook and Éric Moutquin.
For over 30 years, the firm has been recognized for its award-winning work on heritage conservation projects and Inuit and First Nations architecture. The firm’s portfolio includes a number of high-profile, technically challenging buildings, including the rehabilitation of the West Block of Parliament in Ottawa, design of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in Nunavut, and the restoration of the public spaces of Union Station in Toronto. Certain projects will continue under FGMDA during the transition period.
The name EVOQ stems from the word “evocative”—according to a dictionary definition, “conjuring a vivid impression of reality through artistry and imagination.” It asserts the firm’s continuing commitment to conserving and creating meaningful architecture that relates to its historic or cultural context. Easily understood in both French and English, EVOQ is a name that resonates with the different business sectors of the firm.
EVOQ emphasizes a collaborative approach, working closely with clients to realize their project vision. Recognized in the industry for its intellectual rigour and technical expertise, the firm creates thoughtful, well-planned designs that are sensitive to the cultural context and built environment. “The richness of any site comes from its unique characteristics and history,” explains Georges Drolet, Director. “When we create, we want to evoke that particularity in the project’s overall design and details.”