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Rocio H. Venegas is a graduate from the School of Architecture at Université Laval and has been working as an architect since 1999. She has worked for numerous Montreal agencies over the years, and has taken part in many major-scale redesign and office buildings construction projects. In the spring of 2010, she opened rocioarchitecture – her own agency – which specializes in commercial, housing, corporate and institutional projects, as well as interior design. Her rigorous approach and her excellent listening skills allow her to meet her clients’ needs while sticking to their budget and deadline.
Rocio loves projects that involve extensive transformation, redesign and restoration of existing buildings, as well as sustainable architecture. Her main goal is to find effective building solutions that will properly fulfill their basic functions and be integrated harmoniously in their surroundings.
Rocio is also a bit of a globe-trotter. Indeed, she has traveled to Europe, South America, United States, and South East Asia during her internship in Laos. Being the mother of two teenagers, she also makes sure not to lose any opportunity to travel with them and allow them to open themselves up to the world. Of course, traveling is a great way for her to discover new cultures and flavours, but it is also her way to have a different outlook on architecture and major pioneering projects in the world’s greatest cities.
She is currently working to convert an old 100,000 sq ft industrial building into an office building. Her goal is to highlight the industrial features of the building while creating welcoming and contemporary office space. The project includes office space and conferences rooms, as well as a panoramic garden and terrace, restaurants, and leisure spaces.
François Beaulieu is a graduate from the School of Architecture at Université de Montréal (1996) and also has completed part of his education at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He then began his career abroad, working with Jean-Marie Bondallaz (Geneva, Switzerland), as well as developing and improving of healthcare infrastructure in Laos for the Swiss Red Cross in collaboration with the UNDP. His practice focuses on innovation, as well as the application of new ideas tailored to both the users and the built environment.
In 2003, after several years of collaborative work, François partnered with Antoine Chaloub and founded Atelier Chaloub + Beaulieu Architectes and designed numerous large-scale projects – creation of a stimulating living environment for pensioners in the Côte-St-Paul neighbourhood; design of an office building close to a neogothic church on St-Catherine Street; conversion of the former Grey Nuns convent located on Crémazie Street into an intergenerational living environment; design of the new Angus, Cité Dix30, Novello, Le Canal and MYST housing complexes, just to name a few. Each and every project designed by François offers modern and sustainable design, and is suited to the individuals who inhabit it.
In 2015, François joined rocioarchitecture and became co-owner of the agency, in order to put his expertise at work when it comes to designing inspiring living environments. According to him, following the trends and creating environments tailored to our way of living are two important aspects to consider, ensuring that architecture and space contribute positively to the human experience.
When he’s not busy creating inspiring living environments, François dedicates his free time to photography and cycling. Apparently, he seems to be quite the cyclist – just look at how many kilometers he can handle by taking part in many group and charity events. Indeed, most events he took part in were meant to raise money for cancer research.
He is currently working on MYST (an Atelier Chaloub + Beaulieu project), a luxury housing complex comprising of 170 condo units located just off Lachine Canal that will forever change Montreal’s skyline with its sleek lines, luminous spaces and spacious terraces. He is also conducting a growth potential study for a mixed use project in Montreal.
Jean-Sébastien Laberge is a graduate from the School of Architecture at Université Laval and was with Gagnon Letellier Cyr, architects and Rubin & Rotman Associés before joining rocioarchitecture in 2012. He has also completed internships in Prague, Czech Republic, and has worked for a year in Istanbul, Turkey, for Talu Ltd Mimarlik. He also spent a year in Toronto while working with KPMB on the Canadian Museum of Nature design project.
Jean-Sébastien specializes in large-scale industrial and corporate building layout design, and urban mixed use complexes. His extensive managing experience allows him to oversee every aspect of his projects, from the assessment of his clients’ needs to the construction work.
If Jean-Sebastien is nowhere to be seen at the office, you will probably find him holding a racket trying to defeat his adversaries on either a tennis, badminton or squash court, or at his chalet enjoying a week-end with his family and friends.
He is currently on the design for 7250 Marconi (rocioarchitecture’s main office building project), as well as the expansion of a warehouse with the addition of office and administrative space.