“Interaction” is the theme for this sixth annual Circuit Index-Design. Among other things, it will be central to the accredited talks to be given on the professional day, September 26.

Inclusive, synergistic and ever-evolving, the disciplines of design and architecture are always forging significant, malleable new bonds between nature, people and the built environment. Architecture and design open the creative dialogues essential to the renewal of the spaces where we live. From innovative thinking to the creation of objects, from a core idea to a fully fleshed-out project, interaction is at the heart of the steps taken and roads travelled by both professions

Supported by ample visuals, our guest speakers and designers will discuss the intimate interactive relationship between people and their environment, illustrating their arguments with case studies and exemplary projects.

To attend a conference: the first step is to book a ticket for the Circuit HERE. You will then get a link to book a place. Please note that conference spaces are limited and ticket holders will have priority at the entrance.


  • Stéphane Bernier, Director of the Design Studio at Ædifica



    Stéphane Bernier is the director of the Design Studio at Ædifica. He has strong expertise in developing concepts that showcase brands in spaces. He is known for his ability to give depth to the user’s experience of their environment and for making the most of the resulting opportunities for the location. He has participated in the development of numerous retail and experience concepts throughout North America and Europe, including several that have received media coverage, awards and distinctions.

    Place: Kartell
    Time: 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Ædifica sees design as a unique opportunity to create spaces for people, and for significant interaction between brand and community, where the company’s products, services and values are at the heart of the experience.

    Focusing on several case studies – Jordan in Toronto, Adidas in China, Avril in Laval and Psycho Bunny in Miami – Stéphane Bernier will discuss his belief that design is a powerful tool for imagining and building environments that can enrich communities by becoming gathering and discussion spaces that have a positive influence on our behaviour and culture. Design makes it possible to create links between a brand (commercial or employer) and its target audience, offering an experience that goes above and beyond the products and services on offer.

  • Antoine Mathys, OAQ architect, CMPC-CPHD, L’Abri Inc


    Antoine Mathys has 15 years of experience as an architect. He holds undergraduate degrees in marketing from the University of Ottawa and literature from Université Laval. As well as completing a one-year internship with French architect Patrick Berger in Lausanne, he has lived in Moscow, Brussels and Vancouver, where he continued his training. In recent years, he has worked as designer and project manager for large Montreal-based firms, including MSDL, MMB-groupe IBI (now Lemay) and Sid Lee architecture. His work at L’Abri unites his deep environmentalist values and his extensive experience in architectural design and project management. Mathys is a member of the OAQ, a Passivhaus Institut certified designer, and a member of the Canada Green Building Council (CGBC)

    Place: EQ3
    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Not a day goes by when the media is not filled with stories about the climate emergency, to the point that the term seems to be losing all meaning. Architects do not bear all the blame for the situation, but are they not in an excellent position to oversee rehabilitation of the existing built environment, and to ensure that new structures help fulfill societal goals for the fight against climate change?
    In his talk at Circuit Index-Design, Antoine Mathys will explain how “building better” goes beyond certifications and building codes. He will discuss the ways in which architecture can help us innovate in our ways of life, and help forge closer ties between humans and their environment through new forms of co-living.

  • Alain Carle, principal architect and founder – Alain Carle architecte

    Sub Zero, Wolf & Cove


    Montreal-based architect Alain Carle has been practicing for more than 20 years. Using a pedagogical approach that he developed as a professor and researcher in the masters program at the Université de Montréal’s architecture school, his projects are based on an approach that critically examines representation in the residential and commercial design process. The local and international work of the firm of Alain Carle Architecte, founded in 2000, has been covered in numerous publications (Archdaily, Dezeen, Dwell) and won several distinctions, including the Grand Prix du Design 2018 and a Bronze medal at the Shenzhen Design Awards 2019 for the excellence of the design of the Aesop location in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood. Since 2018, Alain Carle has been a speaker in educational settings, including Université Laval (Quebec City), the Université de Montréal, McGill University and Madison College in Wisconsin.

    Place: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove
    Time: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    In recent years, Alain Carle has been designing storefronts in cities around North America for the Australian retailer Aesop. For more than 30 years, the cosmetics company has been working with a distinctive business model. Rather than the usual standardized stores, the company bases each location’s concept in the uniqueness of its site and city.

    Alain Carle will present his conceptual approach for these interior architecture projects, revealing the particular role of narrative in his architectural work. His approach is grounded in concepts of specificity and otherness, which the architect manipulates through his research and work. The approach earned him international honours at the Shenzhen Design Awards 2019, in China.

  • Étienne Coutu Sarrazin, architect and urban designer – ADHOC Architectes

    Marché du Design


    Étienne Coutu Sarrazin joined the ADHOC Architectes more than three years ago. As an architect and urban designer, he works on the firm’s design projects at every scale, from objects to urban planning.
    His creativity, technical ability and excellent communication skills make him an asset at every phase of the design process. He has a keen interest in innovative architecture in dialogue with its setting, a collaborative approach intended to promote better building and better living. Questions around the improvement of the built environment and its direct influences on residents’ health and quality of life are also important to his architectural practice.

    Place: Marché du Design
    Time: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    The ADHOC architectural firm plans its design projects through an inclusive architectural practice based on co-creation. This participatory approach allows thorough transparency in the creative work, and enhances interactions between client and architect, project and occupant, and structure and site. Through innovative, contextually aware, poetic architecture, each project highlights its site’s intrinsic attributes and enhances the human experience. Whether it is the construction of a single-family home, multi-unit complex, public square or even public infrastructure, attention is focused on interactions between the built space and the social, natural or urban environment. In this talk, Étienne Coutu Sarrazin will review several projects at a variety of scales, exploring the concepts of interaction, dialogue and exchange.


1-Are reservations necessary for the talks?

No. But Please note that conference spaces are limited and conference ticket holders will have priority at the entrance. Space is limited at some venues, so arrive early.

2-Can I take photos during the event?

We encourage you to take photos and share them on your platform of choice. Feel free to tag your photos with #CID2019 @INDEXDESG to link them to the event.

3-What are the opening hours of each stop?

All stops will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 26; from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 27; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 28.

4-Can I start the Circuit at any stop?

Yes. Simply visit Index-Design HQ at 1499 William St. to obtain the program and receive your printed badge, and you’re all set. Shuttles will run continuously on the Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help you get from stop to stop. It is also possible to walk the Circuit.

5-Is there a cost for any of the activities?

No. Circuit Index-Design and all of its activities are free.

6-Do I have to cover the whole Circuit?

There is no obligation to visit every stop on the Circuit. Choose the ones that interest you most!

7-I am not a designer or architect. Can I still participate on the Thursday?

Yes. You must register online to take part in activities. Please note that the day’s programming is tailored to a professional audience.

8-Who is this event for?

The first day of Circuit Index-Design Montréal, Thursday, September 26, is for design and architecture professionals. The second and third days, September 27 and 28, are for members of the public with a passion for design.