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Upcoming Special Event

Claude Cormier

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Capital Urbanism Lab, 40 Elgin Street, Second Floor, Ottawa, ON

A special presentation in collaboration with the NCC’s Capital Urbanism Lab

Register for the event at the NCC Urbanism Lab Website (Note the updated link)

Principal of Claude Cormier and associates, Montreal, Quebec

Cormier’s internationally recognized practice extends far beyond conventional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art, and architecture. His landscapes celebrate the artificial and surreptitiously alter reality. His work is distinguished for its inventiveness and its tenacious optimism in the power of design. Based in Montreal,
in 2009 Cormier became a knight of L’Ordre National du Québec, the highest distinction for individuals who have contributed to the development and leadership of Québec. He was also selected as an Emerging Voice for North America by the Architectural League of New York. Recently he was invited by Phaidon Press to be featured in an upcoming publication as one of the top 30 worldwide Landscape architects in the world.

Les réalisations de Claude Cormier débordent du cadre traditionnel de l’architecture de paysage pour tisser des liens entre design urbain, art public et architecture. Tout sauf conventionnels, ses paysages exaltent l’artifice et mêlent subrepticement réalité et surréalité. Son approche est caractérisée par une attitude à la fois irrévérente et rigoureuse envers l’histoire et par une foi inébranlable en la puissance du design. La firme CLAUDE CORMIER+ASSOCIÉS a remporté plus de 75 prix et mentions. En 2016, la firme est sélectionnée par les éditions Phaidon Press pour une publication réunissant 30 architectes paysagistes reconnus mondialement pour le caractère innovant de leur pratique. En 2010, la Graduate School of Design de l’Université Harvard a présenté une exposition exclusive de l’ensemble de son œuvre. En 2009, il est reçu chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec.

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