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Claude Cormier

M.Des., MAAPQ, FCSLA, MASLA, C.Q. Principal, Claude Cormier + Associés


Claude Cormier studied history and the design theory at Harvard University, landscape architecture at the University of Toronto and agronomy at the University of Guelph. After establishing an office in Montreal in 1995, Mr. Cormier developed an internationally recognized practice that extends far beyond the conventional realm of traditional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art and architecture. Likewise, his landscapes are anything but conventional; they celebrate the artificial and surreptitiously altering reality with the surreal. Mr. Cormier’s work is distinguished not only for its inventiveness, but its tenacious optimism in the power of design.

The firm has been privileged to work on major public works in Toronto, including HtO Park and Canada’s Sugar Beach on the waterfront; the transformation and adaptation of Don Valley Brickworks into an ecological and cultural centre for Evergreen; and the public landscape for the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Yorkville.

Mr. Cormier has taught at the University of Montreal and been invited to lecture across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2009, Cormier was knighted with the Ordre National du Québec, the highest distinction bestowed by the Government of Quebec.