Firm profile 2018-08-13T11:32:38+00:00

Firm profile

With its creative energy and its broad expertise, ACDF designs inspiring spaces in which North American pragmatism meets European flamboyance. Every creation is a careful response to the project’s objectives and constraints in order to mobilize the full potential of the site and its surroundings. ACDF uses a clear and bold language that highlights the project’s key design principles with sophisticated detailing and materials.

The firm’s major achievements established its reputation in Quebec, Canada and around the world. The 86-people team has a flexible structure that allows it to take on residential, commercial and institutional projects of every scale. This team structure encourages everyone in the firm to constantly reinvent themselves through design, research and experimentation. The firm’s innovative work has been celebrated on many occasions. Among them, ACDF received in 2010 a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and in 2013, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, one of the firm’s co-founder, received the Young Architect Award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.


Maxime-Alexis Frappier - ACDF Architecture

Maxime-Alexis Frappier

Maxime-Alexis Frappier graduated from the Université de Montréal School of Architecture in 2000 and received the “Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence” for his thesis project.

In September 2006, he cofounded the firm ACDF, which has designed a wide variety of architectural projects in Canada and around the world throughout the years. As the firm’s lead designer, Maxime-Alexis Frappier develops every project around a rich and inspiring narrative. The spaces he imagines are based on solid, functional and efficient principles that allow for the creation of a sensual architecture. His work demonstrates a deep mastery of his craft and a profound understanding of the many issues at play.

The quality and originality of his portfolio have propelled Maxime-Alexis Frappier at the top of Canada’s new generation of architects. In 2013, he received the Young Architect Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The projects he has built have been broadly published and have earned him several excellence awards, such as the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Involved in the architecture community as a jury member for national and international competitions, Maxime-Alexis Frappier is also internationally renowned. His design for a competition in Taipei allowed him to compete as a finalist among esteemed international architecture firms, such as Asymptote Architecture, Mecanoo architecten and Neil Denari.

Since 2005, Maxime-Alexis Frappier has shared his passion for architecture as a guest professor at Université de Montréal. He has been a frequent guest critic in schools of architecture and has taught at the University of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Mr. Frappier has also been invited to speak about architecture and his profession on many occasions during lectures and conferences.

His leadership and communication skills have led him to promote architecture in the media, contributing to the public’s recognition of the profession. He presented a weekly segment on Radio-Canada’s “L’après-midi porte conseil” radio program in 2012 and was a guest on ARTV’s television program “Créer” hosted by René Richard Cyr.

Joan Renaud - ACDF Architecture

Joan Renaud

Joan Renaud graduated in 2002 from the Université de Montréal School of Architecture with a master’s degree in computer-aided design (CAD).

Joan Renaud joined ACDF in January 2007 as a project design leader. He contributed to the creation of several award-winning buildings, such as the St-Germain Égouts et Aqueducs that received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and the Unité de vie des Filles de la Charité du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus, winner of an Award of Excellence from the Ordre des architectes du Québec. Joan Renaud also led the design of Montreal-based Lightspeed’s offices, the Desjardins Aquatic Centre and the Diane-Dufresne Art Centre, whose exceptional qualities were celebrated in multiple publications.

As one of the firm’s main designers, Mr. Renaud took part in numerous international competitions. He contributed to the finalist propositions for the Dubai International Financial Centre and for the Batu Market in Indonesia.

In 2017, Joan Renaud became one of the firm’s partners. In this capacity, he plays an important role in decision-making within the firm.

Étienne Laplante Courchesne - ACDF Architecture

Étienne Laplante Courchesne

Étienne Laplante-Courchesne graduated from the Université de Montréal School of Architecture in 2004. During his training, he spent a year studying in Lyon’s École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture as part of an interuniversity exchange program.

Co-winner of the Canadian Centre for Architecture charrette in 2006 for which he proposed a sustainable densification of the city, Étienne Laplante-Courchesne pursues his objective of integrated design that take into account the environmental and human aspects of architecture in his practice.

In 2007, he joined ACDF as a project manager – mainly for large-scale residential buildings. His constant quest for excellence has allowed him to build exceptional projects that go beyond the client’s and the user’s expectations. Étienne Laplante-Courchesne also acts as the LEED coordinator for all of the firm’s projects.

In 2017, Mr. Laplante-Courchesne became one of the firm’s partners. In this capacity, he plays an important role in decision-making within the firm.