The AAPPQ explores the work of architects through its web series
The Association des Architectes en pratique privée du Québec (AAPPQ) has launched its third season of Architectes en série: a web series aimed at better understanding the work of architects and the added value they provide to society.
Launched in the fall of 2022, the program provides a visual overview of the work of architects, their approaches, and the challenges they face, through interviews and project collaborations.
The projects illustrated in each year’s web series are taken from the Reference Manual published annually by the AAPPQ. Considered as exemplary, the projects are chosen according to the organization’s criteria, which highlight innovation, sustainability and respect for the site.
“With Architectes en série, the AAPPQ is contributing to the development of an architectural culture with the goal of raising awareness of the work of architects in private practice and the structuring impacts that result, particularly among people outside our profession,” says Richard A. Fortin, president of the AAPPQ.
The mini-series consists of five episodes that show the scope of the architect’s work including the renovation of an ancestral house, a pedestrian bridge, a common living space, an atypical dwelling, or a commercial showcase.
The videos for Season Three are available on the Association’s website, and the five featured projects are described below:
This episode explores the architectural profession through an example of commercial development: Montauk Sofa Montreal. Daniel Cohlmeyer, senior partner of Cohlmeyer Architecture, explains how he and his team succeeded in creating a place that is perfectly integrated into the fabric of Montreal, while reflecting the values of the commercial company that owns the site. This project also illustrates how an architectural approach based on a good understanding and integration of site-specific issues and on collaboration between the client and the various stakeholders can be a source of innovation and thus contribute to creating value-added experiences for users.
Humaniti Vertical Community
Michel Aubé, associate architect, and Andrew King, senior associate and design manager, both at Lemay, present the approach chosen to create a multi-use complex in the heart of downtown Montreal that functions as a new type of vertical community within the metropolis. Housing offices, a hotel, shops, rental housing, private properties and a central public square, the project is harmoniously established thanks to the carefully considered dialogue between the building’s architecture and its environment. As the first residential building to obtain WELL certification in Canada for its rental condos, this project also illustrates the added value of using the services of an architectural firm to optimize the sustainable development strategies of a project, while keeping the comfort of its occupants at the heart of its approach.
Melinda Hart, associate architect at hART design, presents the innovative solution proposed to meet her client’s needs while ensuring cohesion with the landscape and an environmentally responsible implementation. Designed to house a tractor and serve as a guest house, a SHED is harmoniously rooted in the space by its color and simplicity. The building, set on an exceptional site, contributes harmoniously to the serenity of this magnificent landscape. This capsule also illustrates the architect’s holistic vision, focusing on all the components of the ensemble including the design of the interior and exterior furniture.
Sébastien Parent, associate architect at La Shed, presents the approach chosen to densify and modernize a duplex without affecting the landscape and the neighborhood in order to design inspiring and aesthetic living environments that can accommodate two families. This project also illustrates the valuable contribution of an architect in optimizing the spatial layout of a site and preserving the heritage essence of a building through an adapted approach that respects the needs and expectations of a client.
In this episode, Vadim Siegel and Pascal Gobeil, both architects associated with the firm ABCP Architecture, present the approach chosen to create a sustainable pedestrian bridge that respects the demographic, ecological and socio-economic issues of an area between the Pointe-aux-Lièvres Eco-district and Limoilou in Quebec City. This episode highlights the importance of collaborative work between stakeholders from various disciplines as well as the global vision that architects must demonstrate in order to innovate and promote the quality of urban development.
Previous seasons of Architectes en série can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/@aappq387/videos.