foundation governance

Harry Parnass

 Founding President
 Sauvé Scholars Foundation

Harry Parnass, Founding President of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation, is an architect with advanced degrees from Columbia University (Master of Architecture) and Harvard University (Master of Architecture in Urban Design). He also studied at the Harvard Business School, The John F. Kennedy School of Government and the M.I.T. Department of Planning, as well as the Graduate School of Retailing at NYU.

He has been a Professor of Architecture and Design at the Université de Montréal for over 25 years and has lectured globally on design. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the IBM Design Fellowship and the Kinne Fellowship. A French government report named his courses in fashion design in Montreal and lecturing at Domus Academy in Milan as the best in the world. He is currently on the faculty of the School of Architecture at McGill University.

Harry has consulted to governments, retail organizations, institutions and real estate developers around the world, and is responsible for conceiving major waterfront and urban regeneration projects in North America and the Middle East.

The exquisite restoration of Sauvé House and its adaptation to the new vocation of residence and home to the Sauvé Scholars was carried out under Harry's attentive supervision.



“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991