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Rubin & Rotman Architects gets a new home and a new name

November 8, 2018 - Announcement
When the noted firm of Rubin & Rotman Architects moves into its new premises at the Parisian Laundry in the coming weeks, not only will it have a new address, but it will also welcome three new partners and a new name — Figurr Architects Collective.

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We are entering a new era, which has led us to look to the future and to the sustainability of our firm, explains Rick Rubin, who co-founded the firm with architect Stephen Rotman. 

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“The firm’s evolution is not driven by its founders alone but by its multidisciplinary approach, influenced by the ideas, skills, and cultures of each and every member of the team. The designation of “collective” perfectly illustrates our principal creative process and our values. We have achieved a subtle balance of Franco- and Anglo-Québécois experience, paired with the contributions of a wide range of cultures from abroad.”

That sort of collaboration is at the core of what the firm does, explains Rubin. When people create together, it inspires them to do their best work.

The name Figurr reflects the full diversity and forward thinking nature of our work, our team, and most importantly our collaborative culture while encompassing the history of the firm, founded by Rick Rubin and Stephen Rotman.

The choice to locate the firm’s new offices above the Parisian Laundry in the Saint-Henri district of Montreal, is meaningful. The design and layout of our space in this historical building with its industrial past, whose ground floor is occupied by a contemporary art gallery, allows us to better embody our values as a collective.

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“We have designed it with respect for its singularity,” explains Partner Bruno Morin. “All of our projects take root in spaces, in history, in communities. Our experience with First Nations has always helped guide us along this path. What we do for our clients, we are doing for ourselves!”

When drawing up their own new offices in Montreal, Figurr Architects Collective had a long list of their own award-winning projects to inspire them; everything from the spectacular Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec to the corporate head offices of Broccolini Construction.

Lastly, the appointment of three new partners this past spring has brought a new vitality to the team. They are Roberto Campos, heading the Ottawa office, and Bruno Morin and Pascale Tétrault, both at the Montreal office.

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