50 years and still NEUF

50 years and still NEUF

On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, NEUF architect(e)s launches a university scholarship bringing together students from Quebec’s three Schools of Architecture to explore the challenges facing the cities of tomorrow.
The partners of NEUF architect(e)s, 2021. Photo credit: Alex St-Jean (2021)
Evolution of our brand over the years.

Montreal, February 4, 2021 – NEUF architect(e)s celebrates 50 years of projects and collaborations that have contributed to shaping the collective built environment of Montreal and Canada. The enterprise has grown alongside our evolving cities and modern society - from humble beginnings to anticipating tomorrow’s needs, always learning and adapting quickly to rapidly changing contexts. This anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on a remarkable body of work, but also to look ahead and steer the evolution of our practice.

"We are very proud of the thousands of projects completed over the past fifty years, and we are equally proud of the great team we have built.  The firm would have never come this far without the talent of our remarkable staff, and it is thanks to them that we will continue on our path of success for the next half-century! " - Bruno St-Jean, President and Partner, NEUF architect(e)s

Atelier NEUF - Global Design Studio – The new scholarship is at the heart of the celebrations, creating a valuable opportunity to share five decades of experience in private practice with the next generation of architects. The special collaboration gathers three schools of architecture, with students from McGill University (Associate Professor Nik Luka), Université de Montréal (Adj. Professor Alice Covatta) and Université Laval (Adj. Professor Michael Doyle) exploring together a common site in Sweden as testing ground to understand the forces that will shape the cities of tomorrow.  Working in collaboration with specialists from different fields through workshops, lectures, and conferences, this bilingual program opens a dialogue that steps beyond the discipline to engage the city in new ways. NEUF architect(e)s is proud to initiate this educational model focused on building a common future, and intends to provide support in the years to come.
Le Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal, 1981-1989. Photo credit: Alex St-Jean (2020)
Cité Midtown under construction, 2020. Photo credit: Sergio Clavijo (2020)

"Organized by three professors attached to each of Québec's three schools of architecture, Atelier NEUF will provide a platform for exchange for students and professors, with the goal of fostering cultural exchanges and research collaborations between Québec's three universities and the rest of the world. Young architects will thus learn to think and act globally, and thus improve communication across borders." - Martin Bressani, Director of the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University

A singular year – To celebrate a half-century of projects and collaborations, the next twelve months will see time capsules opened and period photographs unearthed, all to be shared through web pages and thematic articles, podcasts, an international studio and conference programs. These multiple layers and dimensions will reflect the richness of the firm's projects throughout Quebec, Canada, and beyond.

About NEUF – Founded in Montreal in 1971 under the name Desmarais Tornay, NEUF architect(e)s has grown to become one of the largest and most diverse architecture and design firms in Eastern Canada. Its focus on relationships with clients and employees has led to the successful completion of over 7,500 projects.  Over the years these have included work for Canadian institutions such as the headquarters of Canada Post and Radio-Canada in Ottawa, the ground-breaking Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal and the popular Mont-Tremblant resort, as well as many precious collaborations such as the New CHUM (with CannonDesign), the Gatineau Library (with Atelier TAG), and important infrastructural work for aerospace leaders Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier. NEUF’s expertise in over nine practice sectors has helped build a richly diverse portfolio of work for key institutions in Canada and expanded its activities across four continents. 

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