I developed an interest in contemporary Japanese architecture during my early studies at the Universite de Montreal. The discovery of architectural magazine such as GA, Japan Architect, Shinkenchiku, a + u and Jutakutokushu, showed me another approach to architecture.
The year I spent at the University of Toronto reinforced my curiosity about Asia.
Following the creation of Nunavut in 1999, a training experience in Yellowknife allowed me to experiment the strength of the northern landscapes: silence, contemplation, restraint, humility, awareness of life, stars, rocks, sun, etc. The territory, the nature & the culture are concepts that would take their full meaning in Japan.
I arrived in Japan in 2000, thanks to an English teaching program (JET). I lived 2 years in Susa-cho, a small isolated village of 4,000 people on the Northern coast of Japan. Total immersion. Endless discoveries. Learning the language and traditions. At that time, I visited many traditional and contemporary projects. I then received the Monbusho scholarship (MEXT), funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, to pursue my studies in architecture at the University of Tokyo.
After the Master degree, I worked at Kengo Kuma & Associates. These years were like a military service in architecture. Working hours from 10 h to midnight, 6 days/week, many sleepless nights. The production of several scenarios, drawings, presentation documents, models, the quest for simplicity, the competitions. This was a period of extremes.
Another experience with Yokomizo Makoto, who was the principal architect for Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque, was just as rich and intense. Several conceptual projects, competitions and residences were added to my curriculum at this time.
After almost 8 years in Japan, I met the architect Pierre Thibault and came back to Canada at the end of 2007.
I worked at the atelier Pierre Thibault in Quebec City, until 2013 where I oversaw the completion of several types of projects.
2013 Guillaume Pelletier architect - Montreal
2007-2013 Atelier Pierre Thibault - Quebec
2006-2007 Aat + makoto yokomizo, architects - Tokyo
2005-2006 Kengo Kuma & Associates - Tokyo
2003-2004 Intern architect, Satoshi Okada Architects - Tokyo
1999 Intern architect, Pin Matthews Architects - Yellowknife
Registered Architect: OAQ 2009 , A-4535.
2005 Masters of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering,
The University of Tokyo
2000 Bachelor's of architecture, Faculté de l’aménagement
Université de Montréal
1999 3rd year, Faculty of Architecture,
The University of Toronto
- OAQ, Esquisse, February-March 2004 Vol. 14 no 5, p.11
- GA Architect 19, Kengo Kuma. Edited by Yukio Futagawa, A.D.A.EDITA, Tokyo. 2005, 223p.
- GA JAPAN 2005, #77 Nov-Dec, 176p. (Sanritun)
TV / Video
2013 La Presse + , ipad architecture episode–9, Le fleuve comme décor, journalist: Lucie Lavigne View Video
2016 Atelier Hors les Murs in Japan (international studio), ARC3018, ARC5403, ARC5401, UdeM.
2016 Architecture studio, ARC2012, UdeM
2015 Architecture studio, ARC1011, UdeM
2015 Architecture studio, ARC2012, UdeM
2014 Architecture studio, ARC2011, UdeM
2014 Architecture studio, ARC2012 UdeM
2013 Guest Critic, ARC 2011, Atelier Maxime Gagné, UdeM
2013 Guest Critic Master Program, André Casault & Geneviève Vachon, Université Laval
2012 Architecture studio Tokyo-2.0, ARC-3501, Tokyo-St-Roch, with Pierre Thibault, Université Laval
2011 Guest Critic, McGill University, Atelier Laroche et Gagné
2010 Architecture studio Tokyo-1.0, ARC-3501, Tokyo-St-Gervais, with Pierre Thibault, Université Laval