In Paris, Elsa Ricaud, 2012 RMHP Fellow and expert in raw-earth construction materials, participated in the École de Chaillot’s 10thannual Journée d’étude on May 17, 2019, revealing some of the secrets surrounding historic uses of the materiel, whether in its raw or kiln-fired form.
Elsa is responsible for a class given by the École de Chaillot, a class which is also offered in Morocco, on restoration techniques for built heritage in earthen materials. She also teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles in its master’s-level research program “Architecture et ses territoires”. Elsa is associate at the Sunmetron architectural firm in Paris.
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
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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.”
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 →