Quebec honors the life’s work of an architect, activist and defender

Quebec architect, Alain Fournier, founding partner of EVOQ Architecture is the recipient of the Prix Ernest-Cormier 2022, recognized for his exceptional achievement in the field of architecture, defined by more than just a built heritage. Photo credit: EVOQ; Artwork by Tim Pitsiulak

Quebec architect Alain Fournier, founding partner of EVOQ Architecture, received the 2022 Ernest-Cormier Award, recognizing his outstanding achievements going beyond the realm of architecture in the context of Indigenous advocacy and activism.

The defining feature of Alain’s work has been his willingness to break away from the rigid framework of the role of architect. Alain has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator and teacher, and has been a member of the board of directors of several organizations and president of the Association of Architects in Private Practice of Quebec. These, along with his volunteer commitments and appearances as a guest witness on several parliamentary committees, have come to define his thoughtful and committed activism.

A project designed by Alain Fournier: Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), Nunavut. Photo credit: Alex Fradkin

Driven by a deep sensitivity to culture, Alain developed a deeply human approach to architecture, rather than a signature style. This approach gives voice to indigenous communities to translate their worldview into architecture, making it a vector of their emancipation as they affirm themselves, reinvent themselves and celebrate their cultures.

The Ernest Cormier Prize, awarded by the Government of Quebec, honors Quebec architects and designers for all of their achievements. This prize is the highest distinction awarded to Quebec creators in the fields of architecture and design.

“For me, this award is another step on the road to the resurgence and recognition of Indigenous cultures. I humbly thank all the Aboriginal communities of Quebec and Canada who have welcomed me into their midst over the years with open arms. I would also like to thank my team members; without them, none of this would have been possible,” says Alain Fournier.

Another project designed by Alain Fournier: Katittavik Cultural Center, Kuujjuaq, Quebec. Photo credit: EVOQ; Artwork: Sammy Kudluk

The Ernest Cormier Prize, awarded by the Government of Quebec, honors Quebec architects and designers for all of their achievements. This prize is the highest distinction awarded to Quebec creators in the fields of architecture and design. Ernest Cormier, born in Montreal in 1885, is one of the most renowned Canadian architects of the 20th century.

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