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Vedanta Balbahadur

Vedanta Balbahadur

Montreal, QC, CA

 
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About 

Vedanta Balbahadur is a licensed architect and teacher who received his professional masters in architecture from McGill University.  A native Montrealer, he has lived in Vancouver (Canada), the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (Texas, USA), and New York City (New York, USA).  Vedanta collaborates with EKM Architecture in Montreal (Canada), and from 2006-2014, he was an integral member of Saucier + Perrotte architectes, where he worked on Canadian and international projects that have been published the world over.  Prior to this, he worked for Studio Daniel Libeskind in New York.  A LEED accredited professional, Vedanta is known for combining a progressive design ethic with a user/client-oriented approach.


Vedanta is a design studio instructor at the McGill University Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, where he has taught at every level of undergraduate studios.  He also teaches the course Physical Environment, Sustainability, and Contemporary Culture (at the McGill University School of Continuing Studies), which is specifically tailored for students from diverse majors and introduces them to key concepts in architecture, design, and the urban environment.  He has been an invited critic and lecturer for graduate and undergraduate studios/courses at University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Carleton University, Concordia University, and Université de Montréal.


Vedanta believes that architecture must spring from a poetic vision, take an ethical stance in society, and contribute to the welfare of the built environment and its inhabitants through innovation in design and sustainable strategies.  His work has afforded him the opportunity to pursue projects that push boundaries — something he also seeks to do with his photography, which has focused his outlook on architecture and the urban environment.  Awards he has received include the Gerald Sheff Award for Teaching, Prix de la Fondation Habitat ’67, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / Eberhard Zeidler Scholarship for Architecture, McGill’s Ping Kwan Lau Prize in Architecture, inclusion on the RAIC Honour Roll, and the National School Orchestra Award.  Vedanta’s writing, photography, and architectural thesis project have been featured in Satellite Magazine and Building Magazine.

Employment 

McGill University Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, Montreal, QC, CA, Design Studio Instructor

Vedanta Balbahadur has taught every level of undergraduate studios at the McGill Univerity Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecure. He is also often invited as a guest critic/lecturer at University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal, Carleton University, Herzing College, and Concordia University.

Sep 2015 - current
 

EKM Architecture, Montreal, Architect

Mar 2015 - current
 

Saucier+Perrotte Architectes, Montreal, Architect

Jun 2006 - Jun 2014
 

Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Jan 2006 - Mar 2006
 

Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Jul 2005 - Aug 2005
 

Education 

McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2000 - Dec 2005
 

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