"Provides a tremendous amount of respect to all students"
Grew up in culturally and architecturally rich: East Mediterranean, Piere showed an aptitude for art and design challenges at a young age. When his dad bought him legos for his second birthday, it got his concentration and imagination all at once. He spent hours and days in assembling and building. Out of the captivation, Piere developed a passion for architecture.
After graduating from high school, he was offered an admission to a faculty of Engineering. But a few months later during his engineering preparatory year, his dad passed away, and, his family recommended that he proceeds to a civil engineering path contrary to his ambition. It was thought to be financially more secure. His fond of architecture as an art however never stopped dominating his thinking, and clearly reflected on all his academic work and mentality.
Once he earned his bachelor's degree, Piere decided to build his own identity. So he founded an architectural design firm and designed and built tens of residential and commercial buildings. His authentic approach was to integrate three elements: structure, architecture and nature. On the way, his designs gained reputation, and his desire was stimulated to pursue post-graduate studies in Architecture. He completed post-graduate courses and programs at Harvard Graduate School of Design (US),
TU-Delft (Netherlands), Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities (UK). In Canada, as most francophones do, Piere landed in Québec, but later on, in 2014, he moved to Hamilton, ON, when he was offered a position as a professor of Architecture at Mohawk College. Out of nostalgia though, Piere made a comeback to pursue doctoral studies in City and Urban Planning at Université Laval then Université de Québec à Montréal. He is researching Durable Transport, and Embracing Cycling as a Primary Mode of Transport in the Post-modern Urban Sprawl Model of North America.
As a USGBC accredited LEED Green Associate, Piere's contribution to green, net-zero energy, passive, eco, bio-climatic, zero-Carbon, low-impact and environmental-friendly design and practice is remarkably growing. Most recently, he developed an analytical portfolio for the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation for the purpose of enhancing its architectural efficiency and green power generating capacity.
Piere served more than five years as a Professor of Architecture at Mohawk College. During, He believed in his message as an educator and devotedly wanted to ensure that none of his students will encounter the hardship he has endured seeking his passion that he had developed early in his childhood. He is described as teleporting his scholars from theory to practice and from application to innovation by utilizing various educational philosophies through a fascinating voyage that starts with the beginning of every class. When he reads students’ feedback reports on teaching, only then does Piere contemplate their meaning as his highest achievement by far, and he realizes how much his lectures continue to inspire!
On a personal level, Piere is a keen amateur chess player since the age of five. He enjoys writing poems, and sometimes authoring fictional short stories.
IN THE NEWS
Sustainable by Design
Mohawk Professor views the pandemic from a green perspective
While most of us have viewed the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of cases, outbreaks and lockdowns, Mohawk professor Piere Bordeaux has a different perspective. The professor of Architecture and Urban Planning sees architecture, planning and design as part of the problem with the crisis, and part of the solution, too.
By Bill Steinburg
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Mohawk Nwes Desk
ONE MINUTE GREEN ARCHITECTURE
The pandemic and the stay-at-home state has influenced me to creating this not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise the awareness on the importance of embracing green architectural and sustainable practices.
In a one-minute video, we will show simple cases, tell great stories of influential architectural practice that one may think will have an impact. This is your campaign, and I am looking forward for your action, participation. You can film a one-minute video (You do not have to show your face), using as less technology as your cellphones, talk about one architectural environmental practice that you think could be ameliorated, telling us why, and share it under this hashtag #OneMinuteGreenArchitecture
We are aiming to reach a one-million participant from all around the world. So, please nominate some friend or a colleague to participate