Michel Gariépy, former dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design and professor at the Institute of Urbanism, and Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, professor and director of the School of Landscape Architecture, founded CPEUM in 1996. The Chair originated from a unique partnership between the University of Montreal, Hydro-Québec, the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) and Affichage Astral Media.
The innovative nature of this partnership, as the combination of disciplines and skills it fosters, led CPEUM to quickly assert its leadership in research on the qualitative dimensions of the Quebec territory. This initial partnership allowed for the development of conceptual and methodological frameworks specific to Quebec’s landscape. The diverse issues and concerns raised by the various partners enabled CPEUM to develop and deploy their skills on exploring:
- Various territories - urban, peri-urban and rural;
- and original issues - equipment insertion, heritage landscape identification, redefinition of city entrances, and boundaries management, etc.
As issues and financial contexts evolved over the years, so did the initial partnership. CPEUM further expanded its field of expertise through the benefits of partnerships with:
- Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (2002-2006);
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire(2002-2005);
- Ministère de la Culture et des Communications(since 2006).
In 2009,City of Montrealconfirmed its partnership with CPEUM and the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture(FQRSC) awarded CPEUM a major grant of operation.