Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel, a French architect, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of several architectural movements in France.

Designing prestigious buildings and spectacular projects, Jean Nouvel is considered to be one of the most prominent architects of our times with international acclaim and recognition. His has won a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008.

Early in his career, Nouvel was a key participant in intellectual debates about architecture in France. In 1976, he co-founded the “Mars 1976” movement, and in 1977, the Syndicat de l’Architecture. Nouvel was one of the organizers of the competition for the rejuvenation of the Les Halles district and also the founder of the first Paris architecture biennale in 1980.

Jean Nouvel is often labeled a “high-tech” architect, although he prefers to think of himself as a modernist. To Nouvel, technology should not be for the sake of technology, but as a means to accomplish the “aesthetic miracle”, at the service of emotion, of symbolism.


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