Passing of Roger Desmarais, Founder of NEUF architect(e)s

Passing of Roger Desmarais, Founder of NEUF architect(e)s


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of the founder of our firm, Roger Desmarais. He was a man of vision and a humanist. His entrepreneurial spirit and inspiring leadership allowed him to take the firm he founded in 1971 with his friend and partner, Edgar Tornay, and develop it into one of the leading architectural firms in Canada.

For forty years he perfected an architectural business model which precisely met the needs of a wide range of clients and project types in a harmonious, stable and prosperous environment.

He had many interests and read extensively on subjects such as astronomy, physics and biology and he applied many of the principles he discovered to the management and structure of the firm.

He was a warm, generous, and friendly person. He believed in the power of teamwork and always made sure that the people that surrounded him were happy and fulfilled. He encouraged and mentored so many young architects that acknowledge a debt of gratitude towards him. He always liked to say that there was no ceiling at our firm. One could rise to the level they aspired to by applying themselves with diligence and hard work.

Roger G. Desmarais (1934-2018)
B. A&S, Université d'Ottawa, M. Arch., Université McGill

NEUF architect(e)s inherited and embraced the principles Roger Desmarais taught so well that among others included active listening, creating bonds that go beyond business, and having a positive can-do attitude. Our success today is due in large part to the application and evolution of these principles that are now part of our DNA.

We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Roger touched so many people with his intelligence, humour, and charisma. At NEUF architect(e)s we sense his wisdom every day as we practice our profession and carry on the trailblazing tradition he began almost fifty years ago.

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