Gilles Saucier and Andr Perrotte win the Prix Ernest-Cormier

Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte are the first recipients of the new Prix du Québec, the Prix Ernest-Cormier. The Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the protection and promotion of the French language, Madame Hélène David, and Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, Mr. Jacques Daoust, honoured the winners Wednesday, November 4, 2014 at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

This prize is Quebec’s highest distinction awarded to a person for his body of work and his career in the field of architecture and design. This also marks the first time that a Prix du Québec has been awarded to a duo, as opposed to recognizing a single person.

“It is an immense honour to award the Prix du Québec to a number of important figures that each embody a chapter of Quebec culture,” said Mme David. “These prizes are the concrete manifestation of all of Quebec’s gratitude with regard to their admirable work in culture. Their remarkable and inspiring actions are ware worthy of being known, celebrated and awarded.”

Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte are the cofounders of Saucier + Perrotte architectes, a Montreal-based leading firm that has redefined contemporary architecture in Canada. Their portfolio evidences a wide range of building types, from the First Nations Garden in Montreal to larger institutional works such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Waterloo.

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