Reclaiming America’s Riverfronts: A French Perspective

A new title in the RMHP Final Reports Collection

Florence Declavellière is our 2016 RMHP Scholar. We could apply to her the promising phrase published in The New York Times in 1983, when I founded FHS, at the time Friends of Vieilles Maisons Françaises:  “Menestrel says that in America, the sky is the limit.”  In five weeks, Florence, truly a ball of energy, brought back a rich cargo, useful to her profession, and delivered us a Final Report to enhance the Collection.

Upon her return, Florence wrote: [The RMHP is] a professional recognition which, I hope, will lead to new opportunities and deepen my acquisition of a dual culture which influences me on a daily basis, as I remain part of a network strengthened through each of our biannual reunions and enriched each year with the addition of new members: truly an extraordinary human adventure in which all possibilities can be achieved.”

— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich

To access the RMHP Final Reports, please follow this link.

Fellows Connect in Chicago

Lucas Monsaingeon with Mary Brush in Chicago, July 2017

JULY 2017 – Currently conducting research travel in the United States, 2016 RMHP Fellow Lucas Monsaingeon was recently hosted in Chicago by 2005 Fellow Mary Brush, FAIA. In a fine example of RMHP network activity, Mary and Lucas were led on a tour of Chicago’s bridges by engineer Stan Kaderbek. Lucas was named Richard Morris Hunt Fellow in December 2015, after presenting the Paris jury with his research proposal, “Bridges: Monuments Balanced Above the Void.”

Retrouvailles de Printemps en Provence : RMHP Bi-Annual Reunion 2016

Photo Kyle R. Brooks


From Architectural Heritage to Contemporary Architecture: The Past Meets the Present

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize Fellows and Scholars gathered in Nîmes for their bi-annual reunion. The program was orchestrated by Laurent Duport, RMHP Fellow 2014, C+D Architecture and lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier. Participants were received by both local officials and private hosts. Continue reading

New Research on Ancient Domestic Architecture Presented in Athens

House of Fourni, Délos (Greece), general view. 1st century B.C.

House of Fourni, Delos (Greece), 1st century B.C. General view

Stéphanie Zugmeyer, 2010 Hunt Prize Fellow and now a full-time archeologist based in Arles, participated in this Spring’s antiquities cycle organized by The CIRCLE, an Athens research forum. Zugmeyer presented an “Architectural Analysis and Interpretation of the Maison de Fourni in Delos” alongside colleague Hélène Wormser (Professor of Archeology, Université de Lyon-2) on May 10th at Greece’s National Technical University. Click here for the full program. 

Highlighted during the conferences were the mosaics of the Fourni house (1st century B.C.) recently restored by the studios of France’s Musée de l’Arles Antique.

Zugmeyer is a CNRS research professional who works with the Institut de Recherche en Architecture Antique. In June, INRAA co-organized Over the Cloudan innovative workshop on archeology and architecture in the digital age held in Aix-en-Provence.