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A Day in the Life of an Architect: Student Visit to Figurr’s Montreal Office

December 17, 2021 - Article
Last week Figurr had the pleasure of welcoming Riley, a senior high school student, to our Montreal office for a "Day in the life of an architect." She toured the office with architect and associate Maud Joubert. In addition to discussing her role now, Maud shared her personal experience on the path to becoming an architect.

For some, including myself, the path to becoming an architect is not as straightforward. You can start in one set direction, but it leads you to another. It's full of exploration and discoveries.  I am excited to share my journey with students like Riley. - Maud Joubert 

Maud didn’t start in the field of architecture, but she was always inspired by the concept of bringing multiple elements together to create something new and beautiful. She has a Bachelor’s in French Linguistics from Laval University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Montreal, as well as studying design and art history.  

The two spent the day exploring the intricacies of architecture from concept to completion. Maud walked Riley through some of Figurr's projects, including the firm's work with the Kativik School Board in Nunavik, in Northern Quebec. Working in the North presents some unique challenges. Permafrost, winds and low humidity levels that make snow much dryer, and limited site access are just some of the things that Maud encounters while working on these types of projects.  

An architect's work can look very different from one day to the next. Architects get involved in everything from design, planning, meeting minutes to site visits, construction details, and team meetings. It’s a vast field with many branches.  

Architects are space creators and problem solvers. On any given day, you encounter a range of situations and part of our job to provide solutions. - Maud Joubert

Architects have a key role in shaping the built environment and a responsibility to use their skills and training to contribute to a positive collective future. Figurr is proud to support students like Riley in their path to becoming an architect.