Our firm is made up of 18 people with a diverse range of experience. The studio balances design and technical staff. The younger staff are acutely aware of changing trends in technology, best practices and the way the architectural industry is evolving. While the more experienced staff add a layer of established practice, solid management approaches, and tested strategies for building construction. Our office is open and collaborative allowing everyone to share ideas and learn from the studio’s collective experience. The firm is led by the two company owners, Ron Fougere and Rob Menchenton.
RON FOUGERE, NLAA, NSAA, AANB, AAPEI, FRAIC
Since beginning his practice in 1983, Ron Fougere has become one of Newfoundland’s leading architects. His early experience ranges from heritage restoration projects of the Moravian Mission buildings in remote Labrador communities, to large state-of-the-art recreation projects such as the Mile One Stadium.
While recreation and heritage projects continue to be one of Ron’s personal passions, throughout his career he has lead projects of all types. Some more recent projects are the Paul Reynolds Community Centre at Wedgewood Park, Memorial University’s Core Science Facility, the St. John’s Long Term Care Facility, and the Choices for Youth Lilly Building which was awarded the Lieutenant General’s Award for Excellence in Architecture in 2016.
Over the length of Ron’s practice, he has continued to value client experience as a top priority. Ron closely monitors each and every project he is leading. He also believes in involving the person doing the day-to-day work in all meetings to deliver a continuous, consistent and uninterrupted level of service.
ROB MENCHENTON, NLAA, NSAA, AANB, MRAIC, AAPEI
Educated at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie School of Architecture), Rob has experience locally and internationally. He gained international experience as a student intern while working with Burkhard Entrup Architektür Büro in Berlin, Germany in 1996. In 1997, he returned to Canada, working in Halifax, Nova Scotia as an architectural acoustics specialist. Rob began his professional career in Newfoundland with the firm of Jerrett & Associates/EDM Consultants Limited in Deer Lake in 1998, where he worked until 2007.
In early 2008 Rob joined Ron Fougere Associates Ltd where he has more recently become a partner. His extensive experience includes large scale projects such as the new Academic Building at MUN Grenfell Campus and Portgual Cove St. Philips School. Rob is always pushing boundaries and finding creative solutions. The Academic Building was the first use of structural curtain wall in Newfoundland and Labrador. Another recent project, the Southlands Community Centre, was the first use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the province. Successfully adapting new technologies to our harsh climate and local conditions have bolstered Rob to a technical expert and advocate for alternative construction methods. He has recently lectured on Tilt-up Concrete Construction and about the Challenges, Opportunities and Benefits of Building with Wood.