Alain Fournier standing in front of a mural Culture

Creating culturally appropriate architecture for the North

Award-winning architect Alain Fournier has worked on dozens of projects for Indigenous communities in the North, creating distinctive buildings and structures that reflect the communities they serve.

Derek Drummond smiling from behind a podium On Campus

Remembering Derek Drummond

One of a kind. Genuine and fun. A very special human. A steady and kind presence. A glance at the tributes flooding Derek Drummond’s Facebook page in the wake of his passing on November 17 tells you just how beloved he was in the McGill community and beyond. If you didn’t know him, you wish you […]

Architect Moshe Safdie at one of his most famous projects, Habitat 67 (Photo: Owen Egan/Joni Dufour) People

“My career started here”

Moshe Safdie, BArch’61, LLD’82, is one of the world’s most celebrated architects. It all began with Montreal’s iconic Habitat 67, a bold housing complex that started off as a McGill thesis project. It made Safdie a star – but it almost derailed his promising career.

Amale Andraos is the co-founder of the New York architectural firm WORKac and the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Photo: Raymond Adams, courtesy Columbia GSAPP) People

Redefining architecture for a new era

Thanks to her firm’s imaginative designs, her focus on the implications of climate change, and her inclusive vision for her profession’s future, Amale Andraos, BSc(Arch)’94, BArch’96, has been winning acclaim as both an architect and an educator.

Daniel Goodfellow is the president and founder of Werkliv, a Montreal-based real estate development firm that focuses on student housing (Photo: Christinne Muschi) People

Affordable student housing is his specialty

Werkliv founder Daniel Goodfellow, BSc’07, is a real estate developer with a very specific focus – student housing. He is out to make a profit, but he is also committed to an approach that emphasizes reasonable rents and sustainable practices.

Blanche Lemco sitting and smiling People

Honouring the woman who saved Old Montreal

If you have ever enjoyed a stroll through Old Montreal, you owe Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, BArch’45, DSc’14, a debt of thanks. One of the driving forces behind Expo 67, she was the recent recipient of Canada's top prize for career achievements in architecture.


Wind engineer reaches dizzying heights

What do the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the Freedom Tower in New York have in common? Aside from their incredible heights, the correct answer is, Peter Irwin, PhD’74.


A developer focused on building community

Natalie Voland, BA’95, BSW’99, never set out to become a major player in the Montreal real estate sector. When it happened anyway, she decided to use her position to promote an out-of-the-ordinary approach to community development.

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