Pelletier de Fontenay is a Montreal-based architectural studio, founded in 2010 by Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay. The studio has a strong design focus and is currently developing a series of public projects, including museums, schools, cultural centers and libraries. The studio is also engaged in the design of private residences, housing, pavilions, exhibitions and urban planning. This variety of project type and scale fosters the exploration of a wide range of ideas, typologies and building approaches.
Rather than developing a specific style or a predefined formal langage, the studio's approach is based on the principle that different conditions produce different expressions. Projects are conceived by postponing the vision of a finished product for as long as possible, placing instead trust in the creative process as the generator of architecture that is always distinctive.
Designs are developed by navigating the tension between the internal and external forces of the project. On the one hand, the studio approaches architecture as an autonomous system and works with typological and historical models and references. On the other hand, there is the conviction that project specificities are always generative. The negotiation between these two perspectives produces architectural objects that are rigorous, but always contextual.
Hubert studied industrial design at the University of Montreal and ENSCI in Paris. He worked in various industrial design offices before continuing his education in architecture at the University of Montreal where he received his masters degree in 2006. After obtaining his diploma, he worked as a collaborator and project manager at Daoust Lestage until 2008 and at nARCHITECTS in New York from 2008 to 2010 before founding Pelletier de Fontenay in 2010. He has been involved in teaching, notably at McGill University, UQAM and the University of Montreal.
Yves studied architecture at the University of Montreal and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne. He first worked as an assistant to the artist and architect Melvin Charney from 2004 to 2005 and as a project manager at Saucier + Perrotte architectes from 2006 to 2010 before founding Pelletier de Fontenay at the end of 2010. Since 2012 he has been teaching as a guest professor at McGill University and the University of Montreal as well as participating as a critic in universities in Canada and abroad.
Yann studied architecture at HEPIA in Geneva. After graduating, he worked for LRS (LIN.ROBBE.SEILER) in Geneva from 2009 to 2011 and took part in numerous competitions in Switzerland. In 2011, Yann decided to move to Canada where he joined Pelletier de Fontenay as a project designer. In 2013 Yann moved to New York to work at MOS where he was in charge of several projects of various scales. In 2015, he returned to Pelletier de Fontenay and became a partner in 2020.
Anik studied architecture at the University of Montréal. In 2000, she moved to Paris to work for Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés, before continuing her professional experience in Dublin. In 2003 she joined Provencher Roy & Associés, with whom she worked for over 15 years as an associate architect (2010) and project manager on large-scale projects such as the requalification of the Montréal Tower (Olympic Mast). In 2019 she joined Atelier Zébulon Perron as a partner, working on multiple high profile interior projects both in Canada and the United States. She joined Pelletier de Fontenay as a partner in 2022.
Past Team : François Abbott, Laetitia Bégin-Houde,
Kevin Biot, Érika Brandl Mouton, Camille Bruneau-Quintal, Andrea Briccola, Mathieu Cadaert, Michelle de Jong, Phil Eustache, David Grenier, André Heeremans, Étienne Issa, Gaëtan Lafenetre, Valentin Lavie, Paul Lesiv, Diana Lopez, Pier-Luc Lussier, Julie Massieu, Samiha Meem, Paul Mouton, Nicolas Mussche, Ian Nataf, Virginie Paquette, Simon Portelas, Nathaniel Proulx Joanisse, Elisabeth Provost, Axel Reyna, Marjorie Rezé, Natali Rodriguez Servat, François Sabourin, Alexandre Simon, Don Toromanoff, Jonathan Tremblay, Camyl Vigneault
We are always looking for new talent to join our team. To apply, you can send a CV, your portfolio (less than 20 MB) and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to all applicants.
Grand Prix d’Excellence de l’Ordre des Architectes du Québec, Insectarium de Montréal, 2023
Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect magazine, PHI Contemporain, 2022
DAM prize Germany, Finalist, Insectarium de Montréal, 2022
Award of Merit, Canadian Architect magazine, Lab-École Shefford, 2020
Prix d’excellence en architecture de l’OAQ, Résidence Marconi, 2020
Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect magazine, Insectarium de Montréal, 2018
Bourse de recherche, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Invariations 3, 2017
Emerging Talents, Canadian Architect magazine, 2016
League Prize, Architectural League of New York, (im)permanence, 2016
Bourse Phyllis-Lambert, Design Montréal, Architectures de la Nature Captive, 2015
Bourse de recherche, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Invariations 3, 2015
Award of Merit, Canadian Architect magazine, Résidence Ouroboros, 2013
Bourse de recherche, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Invariations 2, 2013
Bourse de recherche, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Invariations 1, 2010
Public services building in Liddes, international competition, 2023 Swiss Pavilion Osaka Expo 2025, international competition, 2022 Montreal Holocaust Museum, international competition, finalist, 2022 PHI Contemporain, international competition, winner, 2022 Théâtre de la Vieille Forge, invitational competition, finalist, 2022 Bibliothèque Lucy-Faris, invitational competition, 2021 Development of Îlot n°066, open competition, 2020 Center SANAAQ, invitational competition, winner, 2020 Lab-École Shefford, open competition, winner, 2020 Lab-École Rimouski, open competition, 2020 Lab-École Saguenay, open competition, 2020
Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, invitational competition, finalist, 2020 École primaire à Marly, Suisse, open competition, 2019
Agora des Arts, invitational competition, finalist, 2018 Center scolaire Losbates, open competition, winner, 2018 Place-des-Montréalaises, International competition, finalist, , 2017 Résidences d'artistes Est-Nord-Est, invitational competition, 2017 Mile-End Hotel, invitational competition, 2nd prize, 2017 Insectarium de Montréal, international competition, winner 2016 Concordia Lighthouse Memorial, international competition, 2015
Pavillon de Verre du Jardin Botanique, international competition, finalist, 2014 Wellington Signal Tower, open competition, finalist, 2013 Plage de l’Est, open competition, 2013
EMS Sainte-Croix, international competition, 2012
Montreal Airport signage element, winner, 2011 Creating Winter in the Quartier des Spectacles, open competition, finalist, 2011 Habiter le Quartier Latin, ideas competition, 2011
Busan Opera House, international competition, 2011
Cossette Head Office, invitational competition, finalist, 2011 St-Roch Technoculture, Quebec City, competition, finalist, 2011 Le taxi prend ses aires, Montreal, ideas competition, winner, 2010 Atlantic City Holocaust Museum, international competition, 2010
Devoirs d'architecture, group show, UQAM design center, September 2020 MTL +, group show, Biosphère de Montréal, June 2019 Est-Nord-Est, group show, Maison de l'Architecture du Québec, June 2018 Invariations, group show, École d'Architecture de l'Université Laval, October 2017 Invariations, exhibition at Maison de l'Architecture du Québec, March 2017 Pelletier de Fontenay / Kuehn Malvezzi, McGill School of Architecture, January 2017 League Prize, Architectural League of New York, (im)permanence, New York City, 2016 Rebuilding the Plateau, McGill School of Architecture, 2015 Montreal Never Built, Maison de l'Architecture du Québec, Montreal, 2015 Living and Designing with Snow in Quebec, Maison de l'Architecture du Québec, Montreal, Marseille, Chambéry, Nantes, Edmonton, 2015-2017
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