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In Memoriam - René Menkès

Former OAA member

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of celebrated Canadian architect, René Menkès, founding member of Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Architects (WZMH) who passed away on October 7, 2019 in Montreal. He was born in Paris and educated in Montreal, graduating from  McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1955. He began his career in New York with Harrison & Abramovitz Architects and then returned to Montreal in 1960 to establish, along with his partners, Webb Zerafa Menkès Housden (WZMH) Architects. Subsequently he established Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux (MSDL), which spun out from the WZMH Montreal headquarters in the mid 1990s. With multiple offices located across Canada, US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East in the '70s, '80s and '90s, Rene and the work of his two firms contributed to the evolution of Canadian architecture and the prominence of Canadian firms working globally today.