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

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The Richard Morris Hunt Prize mourns a dear friend

Alan Schwartzman, RMHP Jury’s Guest of Honor, Dec. 3, 2017, in Paris

Yesterday evening, March 8th, with his two sons at his side, Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, joined his beloved wife, Ruth, who departed us last winter.

A faithful and constructive friend of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize from its very inception, it was Alan, founding member of AIA-EUROPE, who first introduced us to the American Institute of Architects. The French government awarded him the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

All of our thanks to this fine man and great professional. À Dieu.

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.

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