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Montréal: City of architecture (and architects!)

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Home to buildings by some of the world’s most celebrated architects (including I.M. Pei, Mies van der Rohe, and local architectural wunderkind Moshe Safdie), Montréal has long been a hotbed of architectural experimentation and development. Named by UNESCO as an international City of Design in 2006, Montréal is also a great place for architects from around the world to live and work – and meet.

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The proof is in the numbers

Design Montréal’s Report on statistics and economic impacts of professional architectural practice in Montréal, tabulates the current state of the city’s architectural sector, showing off a booming scene with no signs of slowing down.

  • 1,470 architects work at architectural establishments in Montréal, be they private practice or freelance
  • 360 architects work in agencies, organizations or public companies in the Montréal region
  • 153 additional architects are employed by private employers whose primary sector is not architecture (the City of Montréal also employs 85 architects)
  • The architecture sector in Montréal generates revenues of more than $270 million – of which only a small part comes from public subsidies.
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A hotbed of big investment

Montréal’s skyline is constantly growing and changing, and the province of Quebec is investing its money to continue that trend. In 2017, the province budgeted a $25.1 billion investment in architecture, $13.5 billion of which were for Montréal-based projects.

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A perfect place for your next architecture meeting

With an ever-growing list of inspiring venues available across the city – including some internationally-renowned favourites like the city’s conference centre the Palais des congrès de Montréal – Montréal is the perfect host city for architecture meetings and conferences.

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