News from ICOMOS International

Jean-Christophe Simon, RMHP Fellow 1993, Architecte et Urbaniste en Chef de l’État, Inspecteur Général des Patrimoines with the French Ministry of Culture, has just been selected as a new board member at ICOMOS International. A specialist in Cambodian restoration problems, Simon has been invited by that country’s government to conduct training for its preservation supervisors.

RMHP at Paris-Belleville School of Architecture Conference

Honoring America’s Architectural Heritage

The 4th in a series of annual seminars bringing together architecture schools in the Réseau scientifique et thématique d’enseignement et de recherche dans le champ du patrimoine will be held at ENSA Paris-Belleville February 8-10, 2018. This encounter between teachers and researchers gives opportunities for exchange on the theme of education and training both in France and abroad, as well as enhancing the Architecture, Patrimoine et Création network put in place by the French Ministry of Culture in January of this year. Thanks to a partnership with the Richard Morris Hunt Prize, the event will specifically highlight the United States as this year’s focus country.  Three American architects as well as a number of French RMHP Fellows and Scholars will be in attendance for debates and presentations over the course of these three days.

With the support of the American Embassy in Paris

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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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.

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.