Ecole de Chaillot 125th Anniversary: A publication.

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.

ecole-chaillotWritten 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.




First Richard Morris Hunt Scholar : five weeks in the USA historic industrial sites

by Isabelle Michard

RMH Prize - Isabelle Michard - 2012

It is fascinating and encouraging to see how a series of marvellous coincidences can flow from a single act. I have just had this experience!

On December 4, 2011, I applied for the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. As the Architecte des Batimentsde France in Moselle, I work on behalf of the the Ministry of Culture to protect the built heritage in my region. I monitor the quality and integrity of protected zones around designated historic monuments. I met the RMHF Juryand presented my research topic: the industrial heritage of Moselle, which is known for its industry, its steel factories, and especially its coal mines. Today this area is deteriorating, its landscape is polluted and abandoned, and its future is in question, to say the least. I did not receive the Fellowship, but the jury, struck by the timeliness of my topic, decided to create the first RMH Scholar Residency. I became the first Hunt Scholar and was invited to spend five weeks researching in the United States.
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Congratulations to:

Mireille Grubert
Architecte et Urbaniste en Chef de l’Etat
Directrice du Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot
was made : Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

Isabelle Pallot-Frossard
Directeur Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques (LRMH)
was made : Officier de la Légion d’Honneur

July 2012

Philippe Bélaval was made :Président du CMN

Conclusions of seminary

by Jean-Christophe Simon (RMHF1993), Inspecteur Général des Patrimoines, Collège des Monuments Historiques and Ruth Todd FAIA (RMHF1994)

Page and Turnbull, Inc San Francisco (CA), Principal

RMH Fellows in Toulouse – Carcassonne – Albi

Those three days spent together in Toulouse gave us the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas with all the actors involved in preservation and heritage enhancement

  • Landowners and policy-makers
  • Project managers and general contractors
  • Scientific and technical control experts
  • Public institutions in charge of opening to the public policy
  • And let us not forget the artisans of another heritage: gastronomy. We have in mind the foie gras, and the elaborated wines served so generously by the Chateau de Serres.
    The continuity, the vitality of our common heritage, depends on the good will and the cross hands investment of all those actors with whom we cross ideas along these days of studies.
    Albi is the perfect synthesis of our work covering the three topics studied during our workshops:
  • The monument in its environment
  • The accessible monuments
  • The creation within monuments

From your contributions and reflexions, I shall retain that to be alive heritage has to be totally part of the city; that not only we work first for the inhabitants but also for the visitors and monument amateurs. I am deeply convinced that heritage is the common property of the nation and of humankind.

To have a real meaning it has to be accessible to all, it has to be part of everyone’s life.

We, French and American architects, share totally these opinions.

Our concerns bring us together. They are fully personified in the values of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship.

By those exchanges, by those “Regards Croisés”, clearly we understand how similar our worries are and how much we can bring to each other.

These crossed experiences, this network of the Fellows finds here its justification.

I, greatly and sincerely thank you for the value of your contribution and for the strength of your commitment.

Ruth Todd, FAIA adds:

Since 1994, not much have change in America regarding our preservation process. At reverse, I feel that in France, much has changed. Boundaries have expanded and urbanism is now an important issue in preservation. With the information age, technology makes it easier to communicate and participate.

We, the RMH Fellows, have achieved a critical mass and each year is raising the quality of the fellowship. We owe this to the commitment of our “chaperones”.

Restoration of Sainte-Anne Basilica, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

Basilique Sainte-Anne Brazzaville, République du Congo

Under the direction of Pierre-Antoine Gatier (RMHF 1991), the basilica was inaugurated by the highest religious and civilian authorities of the Republica of the Congo.

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