Fall 2014 Student Lecture Series: Claude Cormier

Happy Design: Current Projects

November 5, 2014

Abstract: In his lecture, Claude Cormier will demonstrate the creative design process his firm uses in the making of happy public urban landscapes, starting from the early conceptual stage to the end of the construction phase. The lecture will focus on urban projects - Sugar Beach, Toronto; Clock Tower Beach, Montreal; Boules Roses, Montreal; Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto; and Berczy fountain, Toronto - each different in their nature, different in their expression, but at the same time sharing a clear communality in their playfulness.

Claude Cormier studied History & Theory of Design at Harvard University, Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, and agronomy at the University of Guelph. Establishing an office in Montreal in 1995, Cormier's internationally recognized practice extends far beyond the conventional realm of traditional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art, and architecture. Cormier's landscapes are likewise anything but conventional, celebrating the artificial and surreptitiously altering reality with the surreal. Cormier's work is distinguished not only for its inventiveness - but also its tenacious optimism in the power of design.

Over the year, the firm had received 67 recognition and awards such as (41) national, (16) provincial and (10) international. In 2010 the Harvard University Graduate School of Design organised an exclusive retrospective exhibition of the firm. In 2009, Cormier received the Knight of the Ordre National du Quebec, the province's highest distinction for individuals who have contributed to the development and leadership of Quebec. Cormier was also selected as an Emerging Voice for North America by the Architectural League of New York, as well as one of 14 international designers advancing the design field by Fast Company magazine.