Ivan E. Desroches, Architect


In 1990, Ivan enrolled at Canadore College where he earned two technician diplomas: one in Architectural Drafting and the other in Civil Engineering.  After graduation, Ivan started his career working for a design build contractor where he was responsible to design, estimate and build projects. 

Later Ivan worked as a project captain for WSP, a multidisciplinary firm in Timmins, when he chose to enrol in the RAIC Syllabus Program.  In 2000, Ivan moved to Ottawa to advance his studies but also worked where he held various positions such as senior architectural technologist, team lead, intern architect and technical director.  Ivan obtained foundational experience working for key firms in Ottawa like Dredge Leahy Architects Inc., J. L. Richards & Associates, Edward J Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc and Perkins + Will Canada.  In 2014, Ivan earned a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada professional diploma in architecture (with Distinction) and a year after was a licenced Architect in the province of Ontario. 

After gaining 21 years of experience in the private industry, Ivan made the choice to move over to the public sector and take a position as an architectural advisor for the Real Property Directorate at the House of Commons of Canada.  In this role Ivan is recognized as a subject matter expert who represent the crown institution on matters such as master plans, major crown projects, recapitalization projects and capital projects.

In 2022, Ivan founded his architectural practice as a sole practitioner where he remains director, president, and design principal for the firm to this day. Ivan brings a unique perspective to projects, having worked on construction site firsthand, he entered the profession as an architectural technologist and later became a licensed Architect. This brings a strong understanding for design sensibility firmly grounded in construction reality. Of Métis descendant, he is fully bilingual in French and English. Ivan is passional at providing outstanding service to clients and is looks forward to growing his team in the future.


At roch ARCHITECTURE inc. we work hard at putting together a custom team of experienced professionals to suit the needs of your project.  We often act as prime-consultant to hire the needed consultants which helps to simplify lines of communication and contractual responsibilities with our clients.

Examples of primary core consultants we constantly work with are:

      • Civil Engineer
      • Structural engineers
      • Mechanical engineer
      • Electrical engineer
      • Etc…

Examples of specialized consultants that we have worked with are:

      • Acoustic consultants
      • Building Code consultants
      • Building envelope consultants
      • Conservation & heritage architects
      • Cost consultants
      • Elevator Consultants
      • Food service/kitchen consultant
      • Graphic artist
      • Hardware consultant
      • Interior designers
      • Landscape architects
      • Lighting consultants
      • Security consultants
      • Signage consultants
      • Specification writer
      • Traffic consultant
      • Etc…

Whatever professional disciplines your project warrants, we are committed at leading the team by collaborating and coordinating the work to ensure deliverables are submitted in a cohesive package.