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


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



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.

Richard Morris Hunt viewed from another angle

Beginning in April 2016, La Pierre d’Angle, the prestigious monthly review of the Association nationale des Architectes des Bâtiments de France, has ceased printed publication, converting to an exclusively online format.

The July 2017 issue features a biographical sketch on the American architect Richard Morris Hunt by Paule Laudon, as well as a reflective essay by our 2017 Fellow, Beth Jacob. Please follow our link to access the full article in French, Richard Morris Hunt: trait d’union entre les États-Unis et la France.