Josée Bérubé joins the Provencher_Roy team


PROVENCHER_ROY is pleased to welcome Josée Bérubé, a PA LEED architect and urban planner whose expertise in the field of sustainable urban design is well known. She has joined the firm to help it pursue its objectives and contribute to building a solid reputation in the area of sustainable urban development.

“I am very excited about having Josée on board, as I have worked with her several times and know how much her competence and commitment are appreciated by partners and clients alike. In her creative approach, she brings a unique expertise, freshness and great originality.” Claude Provencher, Architect, Senior Partner.

Josée Bérubé completed her Bachelor of Architecture at McGill University, graduating in 1981; she became a member of the Ordre des architectes in 1984.After four years of professional experience, she decided to further her studies in urban planning at University of Montreal, graduating with a Master of Urban Planning in 1987. In her master’s program she developed a great interest in sustainable urban design, and especially redevelopment of industrial areas and dilapidated brownfields in urban cores; her final master’s project was on buildings and brownfields under redevelopment at the time in Montreal, Boston and Paris. This is a particularly relevant topic for Montreal at a time when the city is reinvesting in its working class neighbourhoods and suburbs.

Following her master’s degree, she continued her career in private practice. In 1989, she joined the firm Cardinal Hardy, one of the only multidisciplinary Canadian firms offering professional services in the field of urban planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture; she became a partner in the firm in 2010. As head of the urban design section, she directed several major projects which garnered national awards.

She is very involved in the field, and is a member of the Verdun/île-des-Sœurs Planning Advisory Commission for a term of three years, and since 2012 has served as vice-chair of the Jacques-Viger Committee, a City of Montreal consultative body in the field of urban planning, architecture, design and landscape architecture and sustainable development.

In 2004, following the development of the LEED certification in the United States, she completed the examinations administered by the United States Green Building Council, and became part of Quebec’s first cohort to receive this highly sought-after certification. She became interested in sustainable development during her master’s program, since, on the one hand, it is a natural part of any urban planning practice, and on the other, she felt a professional responsibility, given that the construction industry places constant pressure on our natural resources. She also sees it as a very interesting approach for developing innovative projects.

In 2012, she was selected as a member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), an organization that is well respected in the real estate industry. She has also given several lectures and participated in numerous round tables on such topics as reconversion, historical value, housing, urban design and sustainable development.