Architecture and Design are too often viewed through the narrow lens of aesthetics. And yet, architecture, urban design and the resulting built environment have significant impacts on human wellbeing. Therefore the only responsible
approach to Architecture and Design must be a holistic one. Given their specific history and environment, this is perhaps of even more significance in Arctic communities.
EVOQ Architecture has offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Iqaluit. The Canadian firm has been working with Inuit and First Nations communities for close to 35 years. These communities are spread all across Canada; Nunavik, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Eeyou Istchee, Nitassinan, Mi’kma’ki, Kahnawà:ke and Treaty 8 (BC).
Through this sustained relationship and thanks to the communities’ sharing and mentoring, EVOQ has developed a unique understanding of the Inuit and First Nations’ world view. This, coupled with the firm’s ability to truly listen and set the stage for a creative vision quest dialogue, explains why EVOQ is renowned for the way it successfully translates and expresses various indigenous cultures into their built environment. Ours is a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. To the knowledge and ingenuity of our indigenous partners, we bring our know-how to help embody the change each community chooses to bring forward. The firm’s goal is to contribute to the improvement of the wellness and economic development of Inuit and First Nations communities.