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

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.

RMHP Jury 2017 – Paris

RICHARD MORRIS HUNT PRIZE JURY

Paris, December 1st, 2017

George C. Marshall Center — Hôtel de Talleyrand

Embassy of the United States of America

See invitation here

 

CHAIR   Jeffery Potter, FAIA  President, AIA Architects Foundation 

Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich  French Heritage Society Founding President, Richard Morris Hunt Prize Founder and Co-Chair

Philippe Bélaval  Conseiller d’État, Président du Centre des Monuments nationaux

Claire Bommelaer  Journalist, Le Figaro

Emmanuel Caille   Editor in Chief and Artistic Director, D’architectures / SEA innovapresse

Philippe Cieren, IGMH   Ministère de la Culture et de la communication

Julia Fendrick   Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of the United States of America

Pierre-Antoine Gatier, FAIA, ACMH, IGMH   Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Paris

Mireille Grubert, AUCE  Director Emerita, Centre des Hautes Études de Chaillot

Florence Jeanjean   Richard Morris Hunt Prize France Program Director

Susan Kendall, Psy.D.

Léopold Lombard  Architect

Philippe Prost  Architect and Urban Planner – Agence Philippe Prost, Paris

Didier Repellin, ACMH, IGMH   Agence RLA, Lyon

Jean-Christophe Simon, IGMH   Directeur général des patrimoines, Ministère de la Culture et de la communication

Jose Maria Ullrich y Rojas  Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, French Heritage Society Advisory Board

Bruno Favel   Directeur du Département des affaires européennes et internationales, Ministère de la Culture et de la communication

 

EXCUSED :

Elizabeth Stribling   Chairman, French Heritage Society

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.