Lemay has added to its growth strategy by acquiring the firm Eric Pelletier Architects (eparchitects). For the Quebec City company, this merger is an opportunity to expand its activities, especially internationally, and to adopt a more multidisciplinary approach by joining with a prestigious firm that offers integrated services not only in Quebec and Toronto, but also in Algeria and Costa Rica.
“By joining forces with Lemay and its two decades of experience, eparchitects takes on a new challenge; that of pushing its boundaries even further on all levels of excellence, innovation and research, and most of all in terms of creativity and inspiration in the wonderful world of architecture,” said eparchitects president Eric Pelletier, whose expertise and that of his team will allow Lemay to further strengthen its presence not only on projects with a strong cultural component, especially libraries, but in architectural competitions of all sorts.
For Lemay president, Louis T. Lemay, the merger with eparchitects will accelerate the new firm’s leadership in terms of creativity and innovation, which has been confirmed by the numerous competitions and prizes won in recent years. According to Mr. Lemay and Mr. Pelletier, the firm’s collective expertise will be mobilized to conceive and execute projects that are as audacious as they are grand. “This alliance will contribute significantly to reinforcing the creative offering of Lemay in all markets,” said Lemay. Eric Pelletier added that from his perspective, the merger confirms the qualities that made his firm’s reputation for excellence.
Eric Pelletier will remain an integral part of the leadership team as Principal Creative Partner, and will sit alongside the members of Lemay’s management team, composed of Principal Partners Pierre Larouche and André Cardinal, and Principal Creative Partner Michel Lauzon. Along with Lauzon and Lemay, Pelletier will participate in the founding of lemayLAB, a creation and advanced integrated research studio that will be part of the Lemay agency.
The Quebec City firm has in the recent past closely collaborated with Lemay on a number of projects, including the competition for the design of the Parliament of Costa Rica in San Jose, the renovation of the headquarters of Ubisoft in Montreal, and was a finalist in the competition for the new concert hall in Victoriaville. Eric Pelletier will maintain his portfolio of clients and will continue to be active in the Quebec City market.