Henri Cleinge graduated from Carleton University in 1989 and established his practice in 1998. The firm prioritizes the design exploration process and self-expression, working closely with artisans crafting materials together into personal compositions. Henri Cleinge’s practice attempts to create an experiential elemental architecture, respecting simplicity and essence. His approach emphasizes light and space defined by raw materials such as wood, steel, and concrete. The firm’s projects include, in Montreal, the Beaumont house (2011), the contemporary housing project 6747 à 6759 rue Saint-Urbain (2005), The Christophe-Colomb house (2008), as well as a number of commercial spaces such as the restaurant SoupeSoup on Wellington street and the restaurant La Salle à Manger.