Dedicated to sustainable development and urban renewal since 1983

We create living environments that respect people and the built environment through architecture that is inclusive, meaningful and sustainable, so that the human experience always comes first.

Our approach draws its inspiration from the physical, cultural, geographical, identity, historical and economic constraints, as well as the tangible and intangible heritage, that inhabit each of our intervention sites. We analyse this heritage by studying how it has evolved over time and by identifying its implicit and explicit potential. This enables us to transform each site into a space that serves collective well-being.

Our approach is based on cross-disciplinary thinking linking architecture, urban design and town planning, interior design and landscape. We insist on the importance of the very first stage of the project, that of exploring and analysing all the elements of the contextual problem.

In our studios, we often use scale models as a tool for exploration and research to develop the massing of a project.

This approach contributes to a broader understanding of the issues relating to the development of the site, its urban context, the architectural design of the new building and its functional and physical coexistence with its environment. It establishes the parameters of a framework for intervention to be designed, developed and implemented at subsequent stages, and ensures, from the outset, that the result will live up to expectations.

Sustainability

Sustainable development underpins all our projects, from the design of public spaces to the selection of materials, from energy to climate change mitigation.

CLAUDE BOURBEAU
President, Principal Partner, Architect
OAQ, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, BD+C

Claude introduced integrated design to Provencher_Roy’s practice and built a team of architects with expertise in sustainable development that is now one of the most important in Québec, a team that is always thinking ahead about innovative and ecological development approaches.

cbourbeau@provencherroy.ca

“I am convinced that sustainable architecture can be a vector of change in society, so I made it the leitmotif of my career. At Provencher_Roy, sustainability is an integral part of all projects, because every little gesture counts.”

GUILLAUME MARTEL
Partner, Architect
OAQ, LEED Fellow, SP ENV

Guillaume Martel has been an integral part of the design and construction team at Provencher_Roy, tasked with developing the sustainability approach of highly complex projects. His “let’s look beyond LEED’’ approach contributed to award winning institutional projects that are highly sustainable, including the first LEED Museum in Québec (the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); the new Hélène-Desmarais Pavilion at HEC Montréal; and one of the largest deep green retrofits in Canada, Place du Portage 3 in Gatineau. He has been actively involved in the promotion of sustainability in the built environment and especially in regard to the evolution of the LEED rating system with the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC). A frequent public speaker, he has been part of the CAGBC Material & Resources Technical Advisory Group since 2010 and has represented the CAGBC at the 2018 G7 Summit Workshop

gmartel@provencherroy.ca

CÉLINE MERTENAT
Collaborator, Architect
OAQ, LEED AP, BD+C, SP ENV

Approaching each new project in all its complexity, Céline seeks to unlock the potential for revitalising the natural, urban and social environment to create quality environments that are catalysts for sustainable and resilient living. Céline’s work focuses on the community and ecological challenges of major development and infrastructure projects, in particular the creation of exemplary eco-neighbourhoods, including the award-winning Technopôle Angus.

She has been teaching green architecture and urban ecology at the Université de Montréal’s School of Architecture for over 15 years, and regularly gives lectures.

ccmertenat@provencherroy.ca

Provencher_Roy joins the Net-Zero Challenge

Our commitment to sustainable development goes back a long way. Since 2011, we’ve been developing our environmental policy and constantly thinking about ways to reduce our carbon footprint. This environmental policy was further enhanced in 2014. In 2016, the Provencher_Roy Sustainable Development Committee was created, and a report published in 2017 described our environmental and social situation. Another report was presented in 2022 to assess the post-pandemic situation. The Net-Zero Challenge is the next step in an already well-established commitment to sustainability.

Well aware that our projects generate far more greenhouse gases than our day-to-day operations, we are nonetheless determined, collectively, to implement more eco-responsible practices. In addition to the ingenuity regularly deployed by our teams to build sustainably, staff and management are redoubling their efforts to reduce emissions linked to procurement, residual materials and travel. With the process of continuous improvement already underway, the 2050 horizon will give us the opportunity to firmly anchor this process in our organizational practices.

The aim: to reduce our own impact on the environment, in order to meet the greatest challenge of our time.

→ Read our 2023 Inventaire de GES préliminaire

“We are facing the greatest challenge of our time. Architecture certainly has a role to play in addressing the climate and energy crisis. Sustainable development has long been an integral part of Provencher_Roy’s values, both in our design and construction processes and in our day-to-day actions, although we could go even further.

We see the Net-Zero Challenge as the ideal opportunity to implement our transition plan and turn our ambitions into reality, so that our facilities and operations will be emission-free by 2050.”

– Claude Bourbeau, President, Principal Partner and Architect
OAQ, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C