NEUF architect(e)s celebrates 50 years
The end of 2022 marks the closing of a series of events and sponsorships launched by NEUF architect(e)s as part of the firm’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The publication of its retrospective book, Half a Century of Building Storeys, looks back at its many achievements, while setting the stage for the next fifty years.
“Roger Desmarais and Edgar Tornay founded our firm on human values, and on principles of openness and respect. Our workforce has increased significantly since 1971, and as our projects have multiplied and our sectors have diversified, the same family spirit and collaborative attitude still guides our practice,” write the current partners of NEUF architect(e)s.
The book that NEUF created for the special occasion embodies qualities of unity in plurality. It illustrates this duality through bilingual texts and images of the past, present, and future, testifying to the diversity of the projects NEUF has completed throughout Quebec and Canada, as well as in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Archival documents, photographic reports, previously unpublished anecdotes, and interviews with stakeholders trace the firm’s development in parallel with that of the changing economic and social landscape of Eastern Canada.
The culmination of festivities was an evening held in the atrium of Maison Alcan on November 24th to present the publication to a gathering of some 750 clients and colleagues in Quebec’s real estate and construction industry. The storied space recently underwent an important rehabilitation on which NEUF collaborated.
The twelve months of special events also showcased the production of key projects in the firm’s growth, including the headquarters of Banque de Montréal (BMO, 1971) and Canada Post (1994), the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (with CannonDesign 2021), the new Pearson hangar for Bombardier (2023), as well as many high-rise towers which define the Montreal skyline. Another key undertaking was an Atelier NEUF Global Design Studio university grant that brought together Quebec’s three schools of architecture (McGill University, Université de Montréal, and Université de Laval à Québec) around a common site and curriculum for the first time.