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

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

On the National Mall, Hunt Laureates Past and Present Reunite

Near the Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: John Robbins, Bob Hotes, Thom Minner, Florence Declaveillère, Tina Roach. Washington, D.C., August 2017

From our Scholar’s journal…

Currently travelling in the United States as part of her research mission, 2016 Richard Morris Hunt Scholar Florence Declaveillère had the opportunity to meet with Tina Roach (Fellow 2009) and Bob Hotes (Fellow 2011) during her passage through Washington, D.C., organized by RMHP USA Program Director Thom Minner. Visits included the Mellon Auditorium, the Georgetown waterfront and C&O Canal. John Robbins (Fellow 1990), Deputy Administrator of the National Gallery of Art, received Declaveillère for a luncheon and tour of the beautiful public building under his watch.

According to our latest news, Florence Declaveillère was dreaming under the luxurious live oaks of Savannah, visiting house museums and discovering that beautiful city under the guidance of SCAD professor and ICOMOS board member Jeff Eley. We wish Florence all the best as she continues her exploration of America’s waterfront towns.