VIGUIER architecture is an international architecture and city planning practice based in Paris. Pluralist and innovative, VIGUIER designs and directs comprehensive and integrated projects in various fields such as planning program, landscape, interior design, for public as well as private purposes (offices, housing, equipment, and retail).
Fostering inter-generational relations, the practice employs 150 people from 17 countries led by Jean-Paul Viguier and 12 partners. Many of their iconic works have gained international recognition, such as the French pavilion at the Seville World Fair (1992), the France Télévisions headquarters (1998) and the Parc André-Citroën (2000) in Paris, the Coeur-Défense twin towers (2001), the Sofitel Magnificent Mile in Chicago (2002), the McNay Museum of Modern Art in San Antonio, TX (2008) – the first-ever American modern art museum built by a French architect, the Maroc Telecom tower in Rabat (2012), the SFR campus in Saint-Denis (2013), the Majunga Tower in La Défense (2014), the Oncopole and the Institut Universitaire du Cancer in Toulouse (2014)…
These productions will soon be followed by the Europea quarter in Brussels – the remodeled site of the 1958 World Fair around the Atomium, the Vinci headquarters in Nanterre and the Orange headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, the Banque de France’s fiduciary hub in La Courneuve, an office tower in Casablanca, and the IoT Valley in Toulouse. In the field of wood construction, the practice is known for Jo&Joe, the first wooden open house in France and Hyperion, the highest housing tower built in wood (57 meters) in Bordeaux.
Placing the architect in a constant contextual movement, many of VIGUIER's works are part of a reflection on the connection between heritage and contemporary architecture, such as the archeological museum of the Pont du Gard (2000), the Reims library (2002) facing the Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral, the Natural History Museum in Toulouse (2008) and more recently in Paris the Canadian Embassy and Cultural Center and the architectural remodeling of the flagship store of one of the most notorious French Couture Houses (19 Rue Cambon).
VIGUIER architecture is always looking to provide the best answers to connect buildings to their surroundings. The evolution of our cities' size and the urbanization of the planet makes it mandatory for the actors of the architecture field to make a statement regarding the urban space, to significantly implicate themselves in matters of sustainability, and to always remember that men's well-being within the city resides in a harmonious relationship between architecture and city planning. Whether they are office buildings, housing buildings, urban spaces and equipment, the practice's urban compositions contribute to the spirit of a place being revealed to the world.
VIGUIER's collaborators display their talents on a global scale on projects of city planning, district planning, urban parks and architectural plans for :
- Housing (public or private, resort or residential)
- Office spaces (office buildings, headquarters, research centers and laboratories)
- Public equipments (libraries, hospitals, schools and universities, public and private museums)
- Retail and leisure spaces (shopping centers, recreational centers)
- Extraordinary buildings such as the French Pavillon at the Séville World Fair built in 1992 or the Site of the Banque de France Paris La Courneuve in 2018.
Harvard University (HGSD MCP UD’73), A. Sachs Fellow, RIBA
Member of the Académie d’Architecture, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Jean-Paul Viguier is an architect based in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1970, he was, along with Jean Bossu and Georges-Henri Pingusson, a founder member of a study unit called Unité Pédagogique 5. In 1973, he was awarded a "Master of city planning in urban design" by the University of Harvard and, after returning to France, wrote a column on urban architecture for the Urbanisme journal. From 1975 to 1992, he collaborated on projects with Jean-François Jodry.
In 1981 and 1983, he won the jury first prize for his competition entry for the Bastille Opera House, and joint first prize for the Tête Défense project. In 1986, along with Alain Provost, Patrick Berger and Gilles Clément he won the competition to build André Citroën Park in Paris, which would take six years to complete (1986-92), and then the French pavilion at the Seville World Expo in 1992.
His practice Jean-Paul Viguier SA d’Architecture, later renamed Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme is internationaly recognized thanks to iconic projects such as the France Televisions headquarters (Paris, France), the Cœur Défense tower (La Défense, France), the Sofitel Magnificent Mile hotel (Chicago, USA), the McNay Art Museum, first American museum of Modern Art built by a French architect (San Antonio, USA), the Maroc Telecom tower (Rabat, Morocco), the Majunga Tower (La Défense, France), the SFR Campus (Saint-Denis, France), the Cancer University Institute (Toulouse, France)…
More recently, the practice has won many major architecture competitions including the Europea quarter in Brussels on the site of the 1958 World Expo around the Atomium, the Vinci headquarters in Nanterre as well as the competition for the highest wooden housing tower (57 meters) in Bordeaux, France, in the new district of the Saint-Jean Belcier train station.
- Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
- Officer in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
- Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters.
- Honorary Fellow of the A.I.A. American Institute of Architecture.
- Member of the French National High Commission for Historic Monuments - Ministry of Culture and Communication (1988-2005)
- President of AFEX (French Architects Overseas) (1997-1999)
- RIBA Registered (2015)
Laurent Benoist obtained a BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur – a vocational qualification) in Accounting in 1988.
He began his carreer in December 1989 with Chartered Accountants Fiduciaire de France, where he worked for two years.
He then joined the Viguier-Jodry agency in February 1992, then Jean Paul Viguier SA in September 1992.
He became a partner of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés in 2010, in charge of the Accounting and Finances.
Christophe Charon studied architecture at the School of Versailles (UP 3).
After graduating, he worked for Paris-based agencies (Valode et Piste, Claude Vasconi, SCAU), where he had the chance to contribute to a range of projects as assistant and project manager.
In 1995, he joined the Jean Paul Viguier SA d’Architecture agency to work on the Coeur Défense project through to delivery in 2001. At the same time, he oversaw work on the Carré Sénart shopping centre in Lieusaint.
Since then, he has led several service sector projects including head offices for IBM France in Bois Colombes, Sodexo in Saint Quentin, and Eiffage Construction in Velizy.
He is currently working on the Cité d’Affaires project in Nogent Baltard, an urban centre project, and on a range of programmes , including office buildings, homes, shops and workshops for RATP.
Anne-Christine Chevalier graduated in Civil Engineering and Town Planning (construction and fine arts option) from INSA in Lyon in 1998, and became a French-registered architect (DPLG) in 2002.
From 2000 to 2007 she worked for the public project owner for Cité Internationale de Lyon, a major 40 ha, 220,000 sq m development project featuring mixed-purpose construction (conference centre, museum, hotels, cinema, homes, offices, parks and public spaces) between the Rhône river and Parc de la Tête d’Or.
In 2007 she joined the senior management team of the Jean-Paul Viguier agency in Paris to provide technical, administrative and financial oversight of all projects.
She became a partner of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés in 2011.
Michele Circella graduated from Politecnico di Bari, Italy, in February 2000.
During his studies, he also attented the École d’Architecture in Lyon and specialized in Stone Architecture in Otrante, Lecce, Italy.
After obtaining his degree and working as an architect in Italy, he joined the practice for two years. He worked on a number of projects including the office building currently occupied by the French Ministry of Sports in Paris as well as several architecture competitions such as the winning project of Novotel Hotel in Le Havre, France.
In 2003 he returns to his former University in Bari, this time as an Assistant Professor while working on a Doctorate specializing on Architectural Projects in Mediterranean countries. He continues to teach in Italy where he wins the First Prize for the urban refurbishment of the Piazza Del Duomo in Messina, Sicily.
Back in France since 2004, he leaves the scholar circle to work once again as an architect at Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés. He collaborates on different competitions and projects such as the IBM France Headquarters in Bois-Colombes, the Sodexo Headquarters in Guyancourt or the Prony-Courbet competition in Le Havre.
He joins the Oncopole project team and works on the Cancer University Institute as co-lead architect. He will follow each phase until completion.
He settles in Toulouse in 2008, and works from 2012 to 2016 as Director of the Jean Paul Viguier et Associés – Toulouse Oncopole practice.
Recently he worked on many projects such as the housing buildings in Toulouse-Montaudran, the Private Clinic in Moscow, the Attijariwafa Bank Headquarters in Casablanca, the refurbishment of the Aurore tower in La Défense and the Combo Hotel in the Porte de Versailles district in Paris.
Benjamin Doré graduated from the ENSNP Blois (France) in Landscape Design in 2008 after graduating from the UNAM in Mexico City in City Planning. He started working at Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés in 2009 where he launched the Landscape and City Planning department.
Today this department gathers several landscape designers and architects in charge of designing the exterior spaces for most of the projects at the practice. He has directed landscape studies for many projects such as the Plateau Commune (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), the SFR Campus in Saint-Denis, France, and has participated in the Oncopole project in Toulouse, France.
He currently directs the studies for the Beauregards district in Herblay, France (74 Ha), a project that aims to turn the area into a mixed-used sustainable district.
Laura Gelso is graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts with a Double Major in Art History and Studio Arts, with distinction, at Concordia University, in Canada. She then pursued her studies in architecture, graduating in 1997 from the School of Architecture of the University of Montreal. At graduation, she was awarded the medal for overall excellence in architecture by the AIA.
Laura worked in New York and the UK for internationally acclaimed firms on academic and corporate projects, research laboratories and two award-winning museums. She joined Jean-Paul Viguier SA d’Architecture in 2007 and became a partner in 2011.
In 2009, Laura created an Interior Architecture service within the practice. She has managed the overall interior fit-out and technical coordination of the Eiffage headquarters in Velizy, the headquarters of Prisma Presse in Gennevilliers, the SFR headquarters in Saint Denis and the MUSE shopping centre in Metz, amongst others.
In 2014, she graduated from HEC Paris with an Executive MBA, specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation. Her final thesis, FROM THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN TO THE DESIGN OF BUSINESS, explores the role of Design to sustain radical innovation at the heart of any business.
Since 2014, Laura directs and develops multiple projects focused on mixed-use and innovative programs, including the IOT Valley in Toulouse and large mixed-use developments in France and Belgium.
Andres Larrain studied architecture at Beaux-Arts (UP 8 - Paris).
Having worked with architects in Paris, including G. Jullian de la Fuente on the design and delivery of the French embassy complex in Rabat, Morocco, he gained teaching experience at the College of Architecture at Cornell University (NY - USA), the School of Architecture of the University of Kentucky (Lexington - USA) and at Beaux-Arts (UP8 Paris).
In 1987 he joined the Jean-Paul Viguier, Jean-François Jodry & Associés agency, and then the Jean Paul Viguier SA d'Architecture firm, where he contributed to or led numerous projects, including the "Métropole 19" business centre in Paris, the "Atrium C3D" office building in Boulogne Billancourt.
He led the Coeur Défense project to completion in 2001.
These projects and designs include the competition to design the "Granit" Tower for Société Générale in La Défense, the competition to redevelop the Axa Tower in La Défense, the design for the renovation of the Aurore Tower, and the redevelopment of the La Seyne sur Mer marina.
Andres Larrain is currently leading the Majunga Tower project in La Défense.
Frédéric Morel studied cabinetmaking at Boulle college and architecture at Beaux-Arts (UP3 Versailles).
From 1988 to 1991 he worked as a creative designer for the Boutrolle agency in Chatou, while teaching himself computer graphics techniques.
In 1992 he joined the Jean-Paul Viguier agency and worked on large-scale projects including the project to conserve the Pont du Gard site of historic and environmental importance, the Carré Sénart shopping centre in Sénart, the Reims media centre, the Hotel Accor Sofitel in Chicago, and more.
In 2000 he site managed the Ilot M7 project in Paris (13th arrondissement), then produced the drawings for an office project in Antony, the Astra Zeneca extension in Rueil-Malmaison, and the Ilot D3 project in Marseille.
He contributed to a number of competitions as Casino Lucien Barrière in Lille, the Signal tower in La Défense and the Technicolor research centre in Rennes.
In 2006 he managed the team for the competition to design the headquarters of Morocco Telecom in Rabat.
Frédéric is currently working on designs for an office area in Issy les Moulineaux (48,500 sq m) and for the SFR headquarters (130,000 sq m) in Saint Denis.
Frédéric is also an expert in Kendo.
Yann Padlewski studied architecture at the Marseille Luminy School of Architecture.
After graduating as a French-registered architect (DPLG) in 1991, he worked with several large Marseille-based agencies before moving to Paris in 1995.
In 1997, Yann began to work regularly on a range of projects for the Jean-Paul Viguier SA d’Architecture firm.
He became an associate architect when the new Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme company was founded in 2010.
He has led numerous projects, competitions and urban designs, including the Tel Aviv competition in 2010, the Castres-Mazamet hospital, the EOLE competition for the Crédit Agricole headquarters in Montrouge, the Oncopole in Toulouse, and so on.
In particular, the most significant projects which he has delivered or is delivering are the IMEFA 52 Tower in Issy les Moulineaux for Crédit Agricole and the University Cancer Institute on the Oncopole site in Toulouse.
Lucrezia Rampinelli Rota
Lucrezia Rampinelli Rota studied architecture at Politecnico in Milan, Italy.
Between 1997 and 1999, shortly after having graduated, she works as an architect on the refurbishment and expansion project of several historical buildings in Milan city center. During her 6 years in California (1999-2005), she specialized in residential architecture, more specifically wooden houses for a private clientele in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.
She returns to Europe in 2005 to work for ABDR Architetti Associati in Rome, Italy as a project manager for a 24 000 m² mixed-use complex in Ponte S. Giovanni, Perugia. After that, she directed the Chieti Mediterranean Olympics Village (372 000 m² divided into housing and services for the 4000 athletes of the 16th Mediterranean Olympic Games of 2009). On this project she was in charge of coordination as well as project management and team management.
In 2008 she becomes a the Director of the ABDR Architetti Associati practice where she's in charge of management and relations with the institutions and private clients.
She joins Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés in 2012 as part of the management team where she is in charge of overseeing technical, administrative and financial affairs as well as managing the teams. Since the restructuration of the practice in 2018 she is now part of the HR team and actively participates in recruting new collaborators. That same year she becomes a partner of the firm.
Blin Vose-Trincal graduated in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
She went to work first at Davis, Brody and Associates in New York, including a research laboratory project, before joining the Dominique Perrault agency in Paris in 1987, where she worked on, among other projects, the design for county hall in Bar le Duc.
In 1991, Blin joined the Jean-Paul Viguier, Jean-François Jodry et Associés agency, and then Jean-Paul Viguier S.A. d'Architecture in 1992, where she worked on the Coeur Défense project, the Chicago Sofitel hotel competition, and led the master planning project for the new town of Bandar Nusajaya in Malaysia, and the redevelopment and renovation of the Jules Ferry high school in Paris.
Blin oversaw the extension of the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, including the construction of a new 4,000 sq m temporary exhibition wing, which opened in 2008. She directed the making of a mud-brick school in Majunga, Madagascar as part of a project with a NGO.
She directed the major renovation of an EDF office building in Lyon, a showcase for sustainable architecture, which earned the HQE (high environmental quality) and BBC (low-energy building) labels.
Thanks to her dual nationality, Blin is helping to boost the international profile of the agency and its projects. Amongst her latest projects are the mixed-use building Identity One in Rennes, the wooden housing buildings in Bry-sur-Marne and the private clinic in Moscow.
Francesco Paolo Zaccaro
Francesco Paolo Zaccaro studied architecture at IUAV (Istituto Universitario Architetture Venezia) in Venice, Italy.
After qualifying as an architect in 1989, he worked with the AR – Listowsky and DMS (Dassier - Marcel - Servella) practice, helping to build a hospitality training college in Biarritz. In 1989 he joined the Jean-Paul Viguier, Jean-François Jodry & Associés practice, where he took part in a number of competitions, including the French pavilion for EXPO 92 in Seville. He worked as an assistant project manager on various competition entries and projects including Coeur Défense, France Television, the Pont du Gard development, the Astra Zeneca headquarters, the Carré Senart shopping centre and the research phase for the new town of Bandar Nusajaya in Malaysia.
After that he directed a range of projects and competition entries, including the pedestrian arcade in the Dupleix mixed development zone, the France Télévision concourse and footbridge, and Novotel Hotel in Le Havre. His recent projects include several service-sector projects such as Pointe Métro in Gennevilliers, a campus in Saint Herblain, the Christal Building in Massy Palaiseau, and the Urbagreen project in Joinville le Pont, City Life in Nanterre and the Banque de France Paris La Courneuve completed in 2018.
He is currently working on various retail projects such as the Polygone shopping center in Montpellier, France, and the Halle Gourmande on the Place de la République in Caen, France.
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Bouhidel Mohamed Abdelkrim Khaled
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Chiechi Francesco Paolo
Conejo Barriga Noemi
Costa Elisa Laura
Cuesta Lorenzo Enrique
Dau Sy Nghia
Da Chao Rocha Dionisio
De Montauzon Bertrand
De Prinsac Sophie
Dong Minh Anh
Fernandes Pinto Nicky
Frigola Vidal Victoria
Fung Escalante Caridad
Graham Fonséca Fiona
Le Clerre Jugulta
Le Guerinel Sarah
Le Guilloux Julia
Mermet Gerlat Arnaud
Montero Docarragal Hector
Ortigosa Silva Marta
Rampinelli Rota Lucrezia
Sebastian Martin David
Thiret Schlosser Charlotte
Tran Khanh Chi
Tsai Hung Lin
Van der Horst Veronica
Vazquez Palomo Alberto
Zaccaro Francesco Paolo