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Press kit - Press release - Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay

Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design

Montréal, Canada

Lemay

Montreal-based architecture, planning and design firm a success story: employs +400 people, has won hundreds of awards


Montréal, Canada, 2017-10-03 -

As Lemay celebrates 60 years of groundbreaking design, a review of its most defining projects—Montreal’s Four Seasons Hotel and Residences[i], the Bibliothèque du Boisé[ii], Montreal’s Place Vauquelin and Place d’Armes, the new international jetty at Montreal-Trudeau Airport[iii], Quebec City’s Paquet Wharf and the protective glass casing of the Grand Théâtre de Québec; the coastal promenade of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Holiday Inn’s glamorous new look in Brooklyn, NY—is proof that its long and much-awarded history shapes its present and future as one of Canada’s leading integrated design services firms.

 

“In many ways, our work embodies Quebec’s own evolution over the past six decades,” said Louis T. Lemay, president and excellence facilitator for the integrated design firm, which was founded in 1957 as an architectural practice.

 

“We began with groundbreaking models of functionalist architecture that reflected Quebec’s new openness to the world,” he said, referring to Montreal’s Church of Saint-Jean Baptiste de La Salle, Cégep André-Laurendeau and branch offices for Quebec-based financial institutions.

 

Lemay then went on to define the Montreal skyline and contemporary cityscape with the city’s tallest building, 1000 De La Gauchetière [iv]; the brilliantly multimodal, 21,000-seat Bell Centre [v]; the Caisse de dépôt et de placement’s landmark Édifice Jacques-Parizeau, in which Lemay played a key role; and many others.

 

In recent years, Lemay’s reach has grown to revitalize heritage treasures, create sustainable living environments, brand top companies’ workspaces, showcase public institutions and create unforgettable public spaces. Its Bibliothèque du Boisé alone has won a record-breaking 21 design awards, including a joint award of excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council MD (CaGBC). Lemay has delivered designs across Canada and around the world, with a constant focus on the environment and leading practices in sustainable development.

 

“And now, we are building Montreal’s first smart vertical community,” said Mr. Lemay, referring to the innovative, multi-use Humaniti complex now underway in Montreal’s International District.

 

Click here to see more Lemay projects.

 

The capacity of an industry leader, the creativity of a boutique firm

Looking ahead, Lemay is building its future success on its distinctive offering: innovation at the service of design excellence, net zero and integrated delivery.

 

Close to 450 Lemay professionals of various disciplines work together closely to produce exceptional projects that integrate architecture, interior design, urban planning and urban design, landscape architecture, branding and graphic design. Through these complementary, collaborating disciplines, Lemay’s vision is to become no less than the Canadian leader and a world reference in the integrated design of sustainable living environments. In support of this vision, it recently merged with Calgary-based Toker & Associates, an award-winning architecture and interior design firm (now known as Lemay + Toker in Western Canada), bolstering Lemay’s pan-Canadian presence.

 

Celebrating six decades

For its anniversary, Lemay has launched several employee recognition projects, and is championing employees’ own initiatives such as a beekeeping venture, fundraising for a local NGO, participation in community events and promoting green transportation.  

 

For its clients and the public, Lemay has launched an Instagram contest and will be hosting a series of round-tables starting in November, as well as a travelling exhibit of its key projects within their historical context.

 

A longtime tenant of Montreal’s South-West borough, Lemay also recently unveiled its 60th anniversary gift to the community: “The Phenix of Human Rights”, a mural painted on the outside wall of a former warehouse now housing Lemay’s main Montreal office at 3500 Saint-Jacques St.

 

About Lemay: Creative Intelligence. Collective Value.
Founded in 1957 as an architectural practice, Lemay is one of Canada’s leading integrated design services firms, merging architecture, urban design, interiors, landscape, engineering, sustainability and branding into a multidisciplinary and synergistic ensemble. With several offices worldwide, it ranks 74th in the world (World Architecture, 2017). Lemay has won over 350 awards and distinctions and has been a winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program since 2013, becoming a Gold Standard winner in 2017. Leveraging its unique blend of creativity, capacity and expertise, Lemay champions its clients’ aspirations, enhances users’ quality of life and strives to build a brighter future for our communities.  

   


[i] Montreal’s Four Seasons Hotel and Residences— In consortium with Sid Lee Architecture

[ii] Bibliothèque du Boisé — Cardinal Hardy*, Labonté Marcil, Éric Pelletier* architectes in consortium (*now Lemay)

[iii] Montréal-Trudeau Airport’s new international jetty — In consortium with Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte, Architectes

[iv] 1000 De La Gauchetière — In consortium with Dimakopoulos & Associates

[v] Bell Center — In consortium with LeMoyne, Lapointe, Magne, Architectes

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Media contact
  • Lemay
  • Nathalie Grandoit, Senior Advisor, Public Relations and Communications
  • ngrandoit@lemay.com
  • +1 514 316-1010 poste 7342
Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - 1000 De La Gauchetière - Lemay in consortium with Dimakopoulos & Associates - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 1995 - Photo credit: Lemay
1000 De La Gauchetière - Lemay in consortium with Dimakopoulos & Associates - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 1995
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Bell Centre - Lemay in consortium with LeMoyne, Lapointe, Magne, Architectes -Montréal, Québec, Canada, 1996 - Photo credit: Lemay
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Humaniti - Lemay - Montréal, Québec, Canada, In progress - Photo credit: Rendering - Lemay 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Grand Théâtre de Québec - Lemay - Québec City, Canada, In progress - Photo credit: Rendering - Lemay 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition -  Bibliothèque du Boisé - Cardinal Hardy*, Labonté Marcil, Éric Pelletier* architectes in consortium (*now Lemay) - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2013  - Photo credit: Doublespace photography
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Vauquelin Square - Lemay - Old Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2017 - Photo credit: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - International jetty expansion, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport - Lemay in consortium with Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte, Architectes - Québec, Canada, 2016 - Photo credit: Marc Cramer 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Paquet Wharf - Lemay - Lévis, Québec, Canada, 2016 - Photo credit: Stéphane Drouin
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Coastal promenade of the Hassan II Mosque - Lemay - Casablanca, Morocco, In Progress - Photo credit: Rendering - Lemay 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Holiday Inn Brooklyn - Escobar Design now Escobar Design by Lemay - New York, USA, 1999 - Photo credit: Inessa Photography
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle - Lemay - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 1967 - Photo credit: Alexandre Guilbeault 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Cégep André-Laurendeau - Lemay - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 1973 - Photo credit: Lemay
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - De l’Église metro station - Lemay - Montreal, Québec, Canada, 1974 - Photo credit: Lemay
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Pomerleau Offices - Lemay - Lévis, Québec, Canada, 2016 - Photo credit: Jonathan Robert
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Champ-de-Mars Park - Daniel Arbour & Associates Inc. now Lemay - Port-au-Prince, Haĩti, 2015 - Photo credit: Rendering - Daniel Arbour & Associates Inc. now Lemay
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - 221 Bank - Lemay - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2014 - Photo credit: Francois Descoteaux 
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Montmagny Library - Lemay - Québec, Canada, 2014 - Photo credit: Stephane Groleau
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Head Office, Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec - Lemay - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2014 - Photo credit: Lemay
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Press kit | 865-22 - Press release | Rediscover Lemay: 60 Years of Visionary Design - Lemay - Event + Exhibition - Louis T. Lemay, president and excellence facilitator, Lemay - Photo credit: Lemay
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