Since its inception in 2001 by four Université de Montréal graduates (Mathieu Casavant, France Cormier, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin, Mélanie Mignault), NIPpaysage is a leader of a new wave of landscape architects. After having participated in several international projects for Martha Schwartz inc. and Hargreaves Associates, NIP’s founders joined forces and settled in Montreal to bring a new and energetic vision to the field of landscape architecture. NIPpaysage currently has a team of 12 collaborators.
The meaning behind the name NIPpaysage refers to the inherent identity of all project sites, NIP being the french acronym for Personal Identification Number (PIN). Hence, NIP aims to reveal the true character of the environments upon which it intervenes. The firm’s design process is defined as a collective approach valued by multiple viewpoints. This openness leads to sound choices and creates meaningful environments. Eager to provide a renewed vision of the profession, NIP’s works combine a powerful conceptual basis, an approach sensitive to sustainability issues and a strong attention to construction and detailing.
NIPpaysage serves a diversified clientele, developing various projects types and scales. NIPpaysage’s work spans from preliminary design to construction supervision. This breadth of projects involves redefining public space in a contemporary and forward-looking vision. Among others, NIP works on urban planning, landscape design, public parklands, urban infrastructures, playgrounds, institutional gardens as well as on installations blending art, environment and landscape. Thanks to the national and international interest created by the work, NIPpaysage is regularly invited to give conferences regarding the firm’s design approach. NIP also participates in numerous design competitions. The firm is involved in various landscape architecture studios at the Université de Montréal.
Prizes | Awards
(2012) 1st Prize, Promenade Smith, Pan-Canadian Urban design Competition, Ville de Montréal
(2012) Regional Merit Award, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CSLA for Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montréal, CHUM
(2012) Regional Merit Award, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CSLA for Place de l’Acadie Park
(2011) 1st Prize for Place l’Acadie Park, Ville de Montreal Design Competition
(2011) National Honour Award, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CSLA for Gatineau Sports Centre
(2010) Excellence Prize, Cecobois, outdoor design category for the courtyard project of Unity 1&2 residences and Daylight factory restaurant
(2010) Award, Best Upcoming Golfing Lifestyle Residences, Federation of Indo-Americans FIA
(2009) CSLA National Honour Award for Point Pleasant Park Comprehensive Plan, Halifax
(2007) Grand prix de la mairesse for Lambert-Closse schoolyard, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal
(2006) Semi-finalist, Montreal Design Institute awards, landscape architecture category for the project ‘Pause’
(2005) 1st Prize ex aequo for Point Pleasant Park, International Design Competition
(2005) 1st Prize ex eaquo for Laurentian Bank of Montreal, exterior branding
(2005) FIHOQ award for the project ‘Mer d’Idées’
(2005) Quebec Arts Council research grand/Canadian Centre for Architecture, CCA for the project ‘Jardin d’Chars’
(2003) Quebec Arts Council research grand/La biennale de Montréal for the project ‘Impluvium’
(2003) Landscape Architecture Canada Research grant for the project ‘Proyecto paisaje’
(2002) 1st Prize, Montreal Design Institute awards, landscape architecture category for the project ‘In Vitro’
(2002) National Merit Award, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CSLA for the project ‘In Vitro’