Norman Slater - Now and Beyond

The project Norman Slater – Now and Beyond started as a research project within the program Modern Heritage at UQAM [Université du Québec à Montréal].

In 2006, Gary Michael Conrath produced a limited edition of 25 copies intended mainly for cultural institutions. The presentation of the subject matter was according to the chronology of an architectural project from idea to drawing and final realization. The technology and the materials used take their inspiration from the meticulous construction of Slater’s work. This book allows the reader to feel the intrinsic quality of the actual projects he realized.

The Brussels Universal and International Exposition (Expo 1958) marked the true beginning of Norman Slater’s career as an architect and an artist—one of the first professionals and creators to use a multidisciplinary approach.

Thrust into the limelight by this initial success, Slater was invited to contribute to prestigious projects on the Montreal scene, notably Place des Arts, the Château Champlain hotel, Montreal’s Métro network, Expo 67’s amusement park La Ronde, and the Maison Alcan. His collaboration on numerous important projects makes it possible to introduce the work of several other Montreal architects renowned in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

As a concrete result of this initiative, the new award Intégration des arts à l’architecture, granted for the first time in June 2009 by the Ordre des Architectes du Québec, now bears the name of Norman Slater. A new edition of this book intended for a mass audience is currently being negotiated.