In 2015, Awaken Solutions built the new website for Grenier + Richards Architects, a top Montreal architecture firm with clients like Air Canada, DeSerres, Swatch, BCBG MaxAzria, The Brick, McAuslan and more.

Comprehensive portfolio

The website’s primary purpose was to serve as a virtual exhibit of the projects completed by GRA. As such, a comprehensive portfolio system was implemented, allowing each project to be tagged with different categories and features, to include a detailed overview of the project and, most importantly, a flexible photo gallery. Additionally, a separate Archive section was built to allow older projects to be included on the website (thus improving SEO) while not putting these projects at the forefront.

Dynamic categories

Clicking “Projects” loads the full list of non-Archived projects, and a dynamic filtering mechanism allows these projects to disappear and re-appear based on the category chosen. Navigation sub-menus also allow for further refinements of the categories and archives.

Dynamic project loading

When a standard project is clicked, it is loaded in a dynamic slider (shown below) with the left-hand-side reserved for project details, videos and social links. The right-hand side takes up the majority of the page to show a high-resolution photo gallery which can be swiped left/right with the mouse, scrubber or fingers on touch devices.


Awaken Solutions offers a great design sensibility while delivering prompt professional service, personal attention, and all the technical know-how (and beyond) that we could ask for. They never failed to be polite and conscientious, and they were great team players even as we dragged our feet in providing them with the data to build our website.

Our new site is now mobile friendly, with a clean contemporary look and easy navigation on all platforms, having maintained and enhanced its search engine ranking. I have no hesitation in recommending Awaken Solutions to anyone looking to develop or improve their web presence. Great service, great final product, all at a reasonable price.

– Todd Richards, Grenier + Richards Architects