In Memoriam: Claude Provencher, 1949 – 2022 - architecture and design

In Memoriam: Claude Provencher, 1949 – 2022

It is with great sadness that the partners and staff at Provencher_Roy announce the death of Claude Provencher, award-winning architect and co-founder of the practice, on May 6, 2022, at the age of 72.
Considered one of the instigators of the new urban architecture that emerged in Canada in the late 1970s, Claude Provencher will be remembered for his ambitious, contemporary projects that respect the genius loci. A firm believer in the added value architecture brings to society, he fought for the recognition of the profession in Quebec throughout his long career.
In 1983, he founded Provencher_Roy with Michel Roy in Montral and led the practice as senior designer for four decades. Claude Provencher took an incisive look at the city and distinguished himself early on by his avant-garde proposals, always mindful of economic and social contexts. At the end of the 1980s, he took on the fate of a neglected block in the heart of Old Montral. As the most visionary and transformative urban renewal project of its time, the World Trade Centre Montral translated into an engaging campus vision in which urban design and architecture are woven together by modernity, revitalizing an entire sector of the city and representing today an enduring legacy project for the practice and for the community.
The firm then experienced meteoric growth thanks to innovative projects such as the J.- A. Desve Pavilion for the Universit du Qubec Montral (1998), the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavil...
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