Encounter of Excellence in Paris

Columbia GSAPP students mingle with Hunt Prize laureates and team members 

Columbia University architecture and preservation studio participants were in Paris on October 5th with professors Jorge Otero-Pailos and Mark Rakatansky, on the return leg of their design studio session in Europe focusing on adaptive reuse. In Geneva, the students’ exploration of a new project within the United Nations’ historic complex included on-site archival research. They examined drawings and documents related to a 1920s design competition for the erection of a palais for the League of Nations, precursor of today’s U.N.


Representing a wide range of nationalities, the Columbia Design students and their professors were hosted by members of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize France Managing Team for a sociable evening including several past and present Hunt Prize laureates. Professor Otero-Pailos – whose recent appointment as director of Columbia’s program in Historic Preservation was another cause for celebration – had hoped to bring about this encounter rich with promises for the future.

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