Mr. Michel Rousseau graduated from the École d’architecture de paysage of the université de Montréal in 1988. That same year, he joined the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec and the CSLA. He was drawn to the concept of Sustainable Development from the very beginning of the movement in 1987. His involvement in many segments of society testifies to this. He has served on the boards of directors of several companies in the areas of environmental, health and economic development. He was President of the Quebec Society of Phytotechnology (vegetation engineering) and he is still busy promoting this innovative approach to landscaping. He is actually Vice-president of the Laval Chamber of Commerce and Industry, working to make Sustainable Development a reality for all companies.
In pursuit of creating sustustainable and original living spaces, Mr. Rousseau and Daniel Lefebvre founded landscape architects firm Rousseau Lefebvre in 1989. His vision and leadership have led him to manage a number of major multidisciplinary projects. In the year 2000, the company became a multidisciplinary firm adding professionals in the fields of biology and urban planning. Mr. Rousseau has become one of Quebec’s leading experts in phytotechnology and integrated stormwater management. In his view, rainwater is not only a resource; it also provides a unique opportunity to intervene in the landscape in a structuring and architectural way. His vision is conveyed in the many books, guides, magazines, courses and training sessions that he either gave or written. Passionate about the discipline, Mr. Rousseau constantly challenges the limits of landscape architecture. With his team, he has designed and led many innovative projects that won CSLA awards of excellence.