François Dufaux

François Dufaux is an architect and associated professor at Laval University. He graduated in architecture at Laval University and holds a Master Degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. He completed his PhD at the Bartlett, University College London, on the origins of Montreal’s housing tradition. François Dufaux splits his time working in Montreal with Atelier 15 on residential architectural projects and his research centred on the broad theme of the conditions framing the design process and choice. He focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of the professional practice. The historical experience provides the references for the financial and the legal conditions, and the design solutions in composition, configuration and construction. This framework suggests that the design solutions and process target a balance between innovative proposals and conventional outcomes. The architect’s role is one of mediation, between the local and global, between tradition and innovation.