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- Monty Samson
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Montgomery J. Samson was born in Saskatchewan in 1943. His secondary schooling was completed in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan in 1962. He continued his education at the University of Manitoba and earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1967.
Samson began his career as an architect in Saskatoon with the firm of Kerr Cullingworth Riches. In 1970, he moved to Winnipeg to work for Moody Moore Duncan Rattray Peters Searle Christie Architects Engineers Planners. He also consulted for the Manitoba Department of Northern Affairs on a townsite relocation and development project at South Indian Lake, Manitoba (1972-1974) and for the Rural and Native Housing Program under the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (1974-1975).
In 1975, Samson returned to the private sector, when he and two partners founded Amisk Planning Consultants, an urban planning firm based in Winnipeg. In 1977, Samson and his wife, Marlynne, moved back to the Meadow Lake area and established a consulting firm which operated under several names: Amisk Planning Consultants was replaced by Pineridge Consultants and primarily focused on community planning work and research projects; and Montgomery J. Samson Architect/Planner, later renamed Montgomery J. Samson Architect, focused on architectural commissions. Samson was a registered member of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects from 1977 until his retirement in 2008.
Samson's firms worked on a variety of research, planning, and design projects including both small and large community planning and building projects. The firms specialized in providing professional services to individuals and government agencies. Projects were completed in Meadow Lake, Goodsoil, Green Lake, Buffalo Narrow, Ile à la Crosse, La Loche, La Ronge and other small rural or northern communities. They included commercial buildings, public facilities, recreational sites, private homes, and northern housing projects. Larger projects were often carried out as joint ventures with other firms. Notable projects include the Northland Pioneer Lodge in Meadow Lake (1986-89), the Northwest Health Facility in Meadow Lake (1998-2000), the La Loche Health Centre (1999-2003), and the Methy Rental Housing project (2001-2004).
Samson continues (2017) to reside in the Meadow Lake area.
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