PGL architectes fonds
Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc architectes (PGL) is a Montréal architectural firm that was founded by Louis-Joseph Papineau (Montréal, 1930 - ), Guy Gérin-Lajoie (Outremont, 1928-2015), and Michel Robert Le Blanc (Perpignan, 1930 - 2006) in 1959. This collaboration emerged during Papineau, Gérin-Lajoie and Le Blanc’s studies at McGill University’s School of Architecture; Papineau and Le Blanc graduated with a Bachelor in Architecture in 1955 and Gérin-Lajoie graduated in 1956.
From 1960 to 1970, PGL was responsible for designing a number of impressive cultural centres, residential homes, and institutional buildings. PGL became well-known in Québec for several designs, including the Regina Caeli School (1963), the University of Montréal’s Student Residence (1966), and Peel Metro (1966). Both the University of Montréal Student Residence and the Peel Metro project received Massey Medals in 1967. Additionally, in collaboration with architect Luc Durand, PGL was selected to design the Québec Pavilion (now part of the Casino of Montréal) for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo 67). PGL also designed the Expo 67 pavilions for Italy, Monaco and the Canadian National.
In 1970, architect Gordon Buchanan Edwards joined PGL. The agency operated as Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc Edwards (PGLE) until the spring of 1973 when both Edwards and Papineau left the office. PGL architectes (Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc) was then established and in operation until 1982. As PGL architectes, the firm realized two of its most significant architectural works: the Mirabel Airport and Place du Portage. In 1979, PGL received the prix d’excellence de l’Ordre des architectes de Québec for the Mirabel Airport. In 1982, the firm was re-established by Gérin-Lajoie and renamed Guy Gérin-Lajoie architecte – the firm dissolved in 1990.
PGL was involved in many international built projects, which enabled the firm to establish a subsidiary agency, PGL International Ltée. PGL International Ltée operated from 1973-1982 and completed architectural projects in over 20 countries. Having worked in the Arctic, the Middle East and Africa, the firm developed a unique construction technique that was adaptable to extreme artic, desert and tropical conditions.
Notable international projects completed by the PGL include the Nadj Centre in Saudi Arabia (1976), the Jeddah Centre in Saudi Arabia (1977), the Thiès Polytechnic School in Senegal (1978), the Casa Petrolera de Securo Social Medical Centre in Bolivia (1977), and the Sicomed Hospital in the Ivory Coast (1982).
Montréal / Island of Montréal / Québec / Canada
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