Quebec Architect Saucier to Lecture at UB

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: January 22, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Quebec architect Gilles Saucier, who currently has models of his work on display in the Dyett Gallery in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in 301 Crosby Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus.

The lecture will be free and open to the public.

The Dyett exhibition, "Saucier + Perrotte Architects: Childhood Landscape/Topographic Unfoldings," features the distinctive work of Saucier and fellow Quebec architect André Perrotte. It presents both working and presentation models of the architects' projects in an attempt to reveal the Saint-Laurent landscape as the key inspiration of the works.

Against a panoramic backdrop, the exhibition is organized around three elements of the design process -- the journey of memory, the eye and the hand, and the gaze upon the completed work -- enabling visitors to share the intimacy of the architects' thinking, their process and the original foundations on which the works are built.

Among the architects' projects featured in the exhibition are the Faculty of Design of the University of Montreal, the Museum of Video Arts, the First Nations Garden Pavilion, the University of Toronto CCIT in Mississauga and the university's New College Residence.

The work of Saucier and Perrotte has received numerous professional awards, including the Governor General Medal (2002), two Canadian Architect Awards (2000, 2001), Prix d'Excellence from the Ordre des Architectes du Québec (2000) and the Orange Award from Sauvons Montréal (2000).

The exhibition, which will be on display through Feb. 20 in the Dyett Gallery in Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus, is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the UB School of Architecture and Planning and the Canadian-American Studies Committee at UB.

The Dyett Gallery is open to the public free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.