French architect Edouard François in Ottawa [fr]

As part as the Vis-à-vis Architecture series, the French architect Edouard François came to foster a dialogue around the theme of Landscape Ecology, at the National Gallery in Ottawa.

- Speech by Thomas Michelon, Cultural Counsellor at the
French Embassy in Canada

... The Embassy of France is always looking to enhance cooperation and exchanges between France and Canada in such fields as education, visual arts, film, architecture, design, interactive media and cultural industries. Of all the projects we passionately promote, the lecture series “Vis-à-vis Architecture: When France and Canada Connect Architects” is among of those that best embody this idea of dialogue that I mentioned...



Roger Connah * John Cook* Benoit Lagacé

« Landscape Ecology »

October 24th at 6pm - National Gallery
in English
Free admission

Open to the public, this discussion was moderated by Roger Connah, associate director for graduate studies at the Azrieli School of Architecture & urbanism, with the participation of the architect John Cook as well as Benoît Lagacé, architecture student and specialist of Edouard François’s works.

Elected International fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architect in 2011, Edouard François pionneered in integrating natural elements in his works -Tower Flower, Eden Bio, Hotel Fouquet’s-Barrière.

On October 24th, he questioned European ecological practices in terms of architecture, a tradition which according to him consists in « in sparing it, in disturbing as little as possible, in using it discretely». He compared it to the Canadian context drastically different « where virgin and infinite landscapes are literally still waiting to be discovered».

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National Gallery
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G8

Coordinated by the French Embassy in Ottawa and the Institut Français, along with the Azrieli School of Architecture & urbanism.

Sponsored by AZURE Magazine


Vis-a-Vis Architecture is to show the diversity of architectural knowledge, cultures, and practices in France and in Canada, and to foster a dialogue between the major stakeholders of our two countries.


Conception and organisation:

French Embassy in Canada
Consulate General of France in Moncton
Consulate General of France in Québec
Consulate General of France in Toronto
Consulate General of France in Vancouver
Institut français

Contacts at the French Embassy in Ottawa:

More information :

Vis-à-Vis Architecture, when France and Canada connect architects : Six architects from France, Six cities in Canada
(September 21 – November 24, 2011)

Dernière modification : 07/11/2011

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