Ernest Cormier and the Université de Montréal
Ernest Cormier (1885–1980) was an extraordinary figure of his time. As an architect and engineer personally involved in every aspect of the art and science of architecture he worked at the cutting edge of technology, making powerful buildings based on an innovative vocabulary and syntax of architectural forms. This was the first major exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Cormier – drawn from Cormier's archive which came to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in the six years following Cormier's death in 1980. It focused on one of Cormier's masterworks – the Universite de Montreal, built high on the north west slope of Mount Royal between 1928 and 1943 – and situated the architect and his work within the context of international thought where European and North American cultural and architectural ideas converged.