Lecture – Renovate and restore ecologically

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011, 7: 30
in the Townhall in MansonvilleLecture
Free admission

David Leslie, architect

Renovate and restore ecologically

45 minute lecture, in the French language, with a bilingual exchange and discussion following presentation


The presentation deals with methods of renovating and restoring a property in an environmentally conscious way. The lecture deals with the different structural elements of a house: the building envelope, doors, windows, roofing, interior and exterior finishing, as well as the mechanical and electrical elements of a house, including lighting. Problems specific to the restoration of traditional houses will also be discussed.


David Leslie
David Leslie

David Leslie lives in Cookshire, Eaton Township where he lives quietly in the country, in an old house which he renovated, enjoying nature, outdoor activities and music. He is a member of the Order of Architects of Québec and of the Association of Architects in private practice in Québec. He has distinguished himself as the only Canadian, and one of few in the world, to have achieved 4 certifications in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). His environmentally conscious and ecological approach to architecture makes him one of the pioneers of bioarchitecture in Québec. He has managed his firm of architects in Québec City since 1987 and another in the Townships since 1998.

Author of numerous articles, he is currently preparing an anthology of his texts, notes and thoughts reflecting his architectural philosophy of seeking the perfect balance between nature and the materials used in carrying out the project envisionned.

His principle work include the restoration of old churchs, building or enlarging CPE (Early Childhood Agencies), technical advice, interior design of commercial, institutional, industrial and residential applications. Among his recent achievements are the Centre d’interprétation du parc botanique in Kingsey Falls, where two octagonal buildings are crowned with a roof, built in floral form to harmonize with the gardens.

Le Monastère des sœurs Clarisses of Lennoxville where its form and highly symbolic detail gives life, soul and an almost palpable energy in the building.

La Caisse des Hauts-Boisés and the Firehall of Cookshire are defining projects for his community.