Jean Beaudoin is an architect who designs permanent and ephemeral spaces. His work involves several fields of design including urban design, architecture, landscape, lightscape and infoscape.
His personal approach to design aims to create and promote ‒ evolving landscapes ‒ focusing on the integration of transformational places set within a particular spatial framework, or mise en espace. The types of metamorphoses, depending on the project scale or programme, may relate to seasonal changes, the ebb and flow of people, day‒night cycles, the animation of spaces, as well as information content that modulates and adapts to specific context. His creativity emphasizes the transformation of spaces while also achieving a series of events he describes as architectural moments.
Jean Beaudoin received a degree in Architecture from the Université de Montréal (1996) and a degree in CIvil Engineering (with computer graphics) from the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1992). He is a member of the Québec Order of Architects and actively involved with Mission Design, an interdisciplinary design network.
In 1996, he received a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal for best thesis project, a Cardinal /Hardy /Cadev research grant for a project titled « Facade and Scaffolding as Urban Interface » (Paris, Barcelona), as well as an André Francou grant from the School of Architecture at the Université de Montréal for a project titled « Bridge as Urban Space » (Paris). He’s the only student in the faculty’s history to have been awarded all these three grants.
Jean Beaudoin has gained over 16 years of experience in architecture, urban design and mise en espace (lighting design).
In 1996 he founded the design collective N.O.M.A.D.E. with Anik Le Brie and Martin Leblanc. In 1998, he became president and partner of the firm N.o.m.a.d.e. Architecture and then began working with architect Jean Pelland.
In 2001, he founded INTEGRAL Jean Beaudoin, an urban design and architecture studio, working there as partner and principal architect. Subsequently he formed a partnership with INTEGRAL CONCEPT, a European collective of workshops and designers involved in various design fields. This group comprises seven autonomous associates having the ability to collaborate within a flexible framework, on any number of multi-disciplinary projects. Beyond their professionnal activities, it is their commitment to promote their design approach, through teaching, editing and researching, that unites them.
As designer, Jean Beaudoin has collaborated on twenty different projects that have received an award or merit in national or international design competitions. In Montréal, he helped to create a new identity for an urban area named Quartier des spectacles, while collaborating with Rudi Baur, who designed the synchronized lighting plan that linked a series of 28 cultural sites.
Jean Beaudoin produced the overall design concept used in the expansion of the Musée d’art de Joliette. He is also working with Erick Villeneuve on developing the design and construction of large-scale urban art installations, including ‘Champ de pixels’ and ‘Nuage de givre’.
In collaboration with Humà, he is working on a project to refurbish and rejuvenate the Quartier Chabanel ‒ where his studio is ‒ using an approach that focuses on designing and building the environment at several scales; he is also collaborating with Humà on designing a concept and a series of spaces to be included in the renovation of the ‘Centre d’interprétation du granit’, in Québec’s Lac Mégantic region. While collaborating with Rudi Baur and Humà, he participated in the design of Concordia University’s new signage strategy for urban visibility, to be installed along Montreal’s skyline and underground city.