To mark the 125th anniversary of the Ecole de Chaillot, the Editions des Cendres, in collaboration with the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, have published a book on the school’s remarkable history.
Written by Florence Contenay, Jean-Marie de Montclos and Benjamin Mouton, this book retraces the birth and development of the school, emphasizing the different problems inherent in the training of architects specializing in patrimony yet facing contemporary challenges.
“L’Ecole de Chaillot Une Aventure des Savoirs et des Pratiques” (Architecture et Patrimoine) Editions des Cendres, Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. 24 Euros.
For the first time at the Ecole de Chaillot, a foreign architect was invited to the prestigious « Leçon inaugurale ».
Global Award for sustainable Architecture in 2007,
Grande médaille d’or de l’Académie d’Architecture de Paris, in 2011
In February 2012, Wang Shu will be the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize. France had already fully recognized his extraordinary merit.
He graduated with a degree in architecture from South-East University of Nankin and earned his PHD in 2000 at Tongji University of Shanghai.
In 1998, with his wife, Lu Wenyu, he established his agency Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou. Currently he holds the position of Director of Architecture Department at the University of Hangzhou.
Wang Shu demonstrates a sensitive and poetic approach with traditional savoir-faire, using a very contemporary architectural vocabulary.
Some of his works :
Ningbo contemporary Art Museum (2006)
In the city of Hangzhou, Zhongshan street renovation
The Garden of Tiles at the 10th Venice Biennal (2006)
The Tengtou-Ningbo pavilion at the Shanghai Universal Exhibition (2010).
WANG-SHU joins the tradition of the « Leçon inaugurale » of Chaillot, a link between creation, history and patrimony. He re-discovers tradition, comprehends it and transcends it. It is clear that the French architectural elite are taking notice of this talented architect.