The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field. Blouin Orzes architectes will lead a lecture for 2020’s Emerging Voices.
Based in Montreal, Marc Blouin has been building projects in Nunavik, north of the 55th parallel, since 2000. Catherine Orzes joined the firm in 2012 and became a partner in 2018, forming Blouin Orzes architectes. Beginning with a hotel project in Inukjuak, the firm has designed and built a number of civic projects for the Inuit communities in the region, and their work is acutely attentive towards native tradition and environmental issues, deftly adapting to the needs and limitations of the harsh northern climate. Their process, in turn, is rooted in meaningful communication and collaboration with their audiences.