Ateliers JEAN NOUVEL
Jean Nouvel (born 12 August 1945) is a French architect. Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l’Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (technically, the prize was awarded for the Institut du Monde Arabe which Nouvel designed), the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. A number of museums and architectural centres have presented retrospectives of his work.
1945. Born in Fumel, Lot-et-Garonne (France)
1966. Admitted first in the entrance examination for the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (France)
1967. Assistant to Claude Parent and Paul Virilio
1970 – 1971. Wins competition for “Site naturel création architecturale”
1970 – 1972. Associates with François Seigneur
1972. Receives diploma from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (France)
1972 – 1981. Associates with François Seigneur and Gilbert Lézénès
1976. Co-founder of the French Architectural Movement “Mars 1976”
1977. Co-founder of the Syndicat de l’architecture, contributes to the organization of the international competition for the Halles district in Paris (France)
1980. Founder and Artistic Counsellor of the Architecture Biennale within the Paris Biennale (France)
1981 – 1984. Associates with Gilbert Lézénès and Pierre Soria
1981. Wins competition for the Arab World Institute, one of the “Great Projects” ordered by former President Francois Mitterrand
1984 – 1989. Founder of Jean Nouvel et Associés (Jean Nouvel, Jean-Marc Ibos, Myrto Vitart, Emmanuel Blamont)
1989 – 1994. Founder of JNEC (Jean Nouvel and Emmanuel Cattani)
1994. Establishes Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN) is one of the largest architecture practices in France, with over 30 active projects all over the world, year 2013 billings of 25 M€, and a multicultural staff of 180 professionals from the domains of architecture, urban design, landscape design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, model making and image production. Jean Nouvel has built museums, concert halls, conference centers, theaters, hotels, collective housing, office buildings, commercial centers, and private residences around the world.
Jean Nouvel is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative architects. His projects transform the landscapes in which they are built, often becoming major urban events. His unique approach, driven by the specificities of context, program and site, has proven effective in projects such as the Arab World Institute in Paris, Lyon’s Opera House, Lucerne’s Culture and Congress Center (Switzerland), the Vinci Conference Center in Tours, the extension of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (Spain), the Soho Apartments in New York, Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater (United States of America), the Agbar Tower in Barcelona (Spain), Copenhagen’s Danish Radio Concert Hall (Denmark), the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Most recently, numbers of new built projects strengthened AJN influence, such as Tour Horizons in Boulogne-Billancourt, Archipel Theatre in Perpignan, Montpellier City Hall, Hôtel Sofitel in Vienna (Austria), Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona (Spain), Imagine Institute in Paris or One Central Park in Sydney (Australia).
Jean Nouvel’s international recognition favored numbers of projects currently under studies or under construction, such as the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing (China), the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, the Musée du Louvre Abu Dhabi (United Arabs Emirates), the Anderson Tower in Singapore, a real estate complex in Lima (Peru). AJN won important international competition, such as the Philharmonie de Paris or Charleroi’s Police Headquarters (Belgium). Many cities have entrusted AJN for their urban plans, such as Boulogne-Billancourt (Ile Seguin), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Tangier (Morocco), Toledo or Vigo (Spain).
François Fontès, president since may 2014, and Diane Clerc, appointed Managing Director, give AJN their expert
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