Jean Nouvel

Born at Fumel, France, in 1945, Jean Nouvel, architect and urban planner, trained first in Bordeaux and then at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where in 1971 he graduated with the Diplome par le Gouvernement. In 1970 he opened his first professional firm with François Seigneu and, in 1988, founded Jean Nouvel, Emmanuel Cattani et Associés (till 1994). He was a founder of the French Architects’ Movement (and the Syndicat de l’Architecture; he founded and directed the Biennale d’Architecture as part of the Biennale of Paris; he was vice-president of the Institut Français d’Architecture. Since 1983 he has received numerous awards and wide recognition in France and abroa.

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