The Richard Morris Hunt Prize mourns a dear friend

Alan Schwartzman, RMHP Jury’s Guest of Honor, Dec. 3, 2017, in Paris

Yesterday evening, March 8th, with his two sons at his side, Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, joined his beloved wife, Ruth, who departed us last winter.

A faithful and constructive friend of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize from its very inception, it was Alan, founding member of AIA-EUROPE, who first introduced us to the American Institute of Architects. The French government awarded him the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

All of our thanks to this fine man and great professional. À Dieu.

Architecture in motion: is it possible?

By Jacqueline Mainguy / Translation Jeanette Weston

The Rolex Centre under construction, Lausanne, July 2009 / Photo Epfil Alain Herzog

Did Lausanne and the hills bordering the Leman inspire Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, creators of the Japanese studio Sanaa, in designing the Rolex Learning Center for the Federal Polytechnic (EPFL)?   An “architecture in motion” where a harmonious curve combines space, nature and spirit… The Ecole Spéciale de Lausanne (its original name) specialized in science and technology, was founded in 1853.  Since then much has changed.  Little by little a campus was created, a surprising campus without a proper central area, empty of places to meet. The Rolex Center, an experimental project, meets this need. Continue reading

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize names its 2018 Laureates

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize celebrates 33 Laureates in 2017

According to its biannual tradition, on December 1st, 2017, the prestigious RMHP Jury met in the salons of the Embassy of the United States of America’s George C. Marshall Center, situated in the historic Hôtel de Talleyrand on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Chaired by Jeffery T. Potter, FAIA, President of Architects Foundation (AF), the Jury selected two French architects specialized in historic preservation for the prizes of 28th RMHP Fellow and 5th RMHP Scholar.

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize exists in partnership with French Heritage Society and Architects Foundation/American Institute of Architects.

Sixte Doussau de Bazignan, recipient of the 28th Richard Morris Hunt Prize Fellowship, presented a research project for a six-month voyage to the United States on the subject of Climactic Emergencies and Heritage Preservation: Prevention and Action.

Pauline Voisin was named 5th RMHP Scholar for her research project entitled The Contribution of Digital and Scientific Tools to the Diagnostic Study, Conservation, and Maintenance of Built Heritage: The Example of Remarkable American Houses.


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Back To Our Roots

View toward the Abbey of Saint Antoine in the Isère region, one of the sites studied by John Robbins in 1990.

We are pleased to annonce a new title in the digital library of RMHP Fellows’ and Scholars’ Final Reports, thanks to the generous support of the Sondra & Charles Gilman, Jr. Foundation.

John Robbins, the First American RMHP Fellow

In 1990, the first Richard Morris Hunt Prize laureate wrote “the traditions for the historic sites and monuments are different in France than in the United States. In France they are mainly works of art and architecture; in the United States, they are principally monuments of political and social history. A subtle but important difference. Both American and French preservationists have a lot to offer and the exchange made possible by the RMHP is an excellent beginning”. What foresight, John.

That was almost 30 years ago! There are now 33 laureates. What human wealth, friendships made, professional enrichment and progress. The research projects undertaken by the laureates are more and more concerneed with the problems of tomorrow’s architecture. Each year brings new possibilities, an aid to the profession, illustrating the RMHP motto: “Innovate to preserve”.

— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich, RMHP Founder

Click here to access the RMHP Final Reports Collection

John Robbins is Deputy Administrator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He was first trained as an architect at the University of Virginia, and later worked for the National Park Service. This year, John was elected to the ICCROM executive committee. To learn about his career and ICCROM nomination, follow this link

Pierre-Antoine Gatier: The Final Report of France’s first RMHP Fellow now available online

As part of our continuing online publication project, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new title in our digital library. The annual publication of Final Reports produced by our past Fellows and Schoars is made possible through the support of the Sondra & Charles Gilman, Jr. Foundation.

Pierre-Antoine Gatier

“An American, John Robbins, had received the first award, so I became France‘s first RMHP Fellow” writes Pierre-Antoine. In a word, Pierre-Antoine Gatier represents our history:  Exchange, alternation, the “two-way street” principle.

One could wonder why a new Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques, having just come out in first place in the national qualifying exams, would choose to abandon his practice, put all his dossiers on hold, and leave for America… His training in France had given him all anyone might hope for — of this he was well aware! —, but intuitively, he aspired for yet another dimension, exploring an unknown context with less familiar cultural underpinnings. He hoped that America might give him a unique vision to inspire his future career.

Thirty-three years later, “PAG” is a confirmed leader with a strong conviction for historic preservation, whether in the sphere of private or public projects. Responsible for historic sites of ever-increasing prestige, both in France and abroad, he serves today as a fine example of excellence for the young generation, a truly formidable Fellow.

— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich, RMHP Founder

To access Pierre-Antoine Gatier’s Final Report, please follow this link to our digital library.