Jean Nouvel - France

Jean Nouvel (born 12 August 1945) was encouraged by his parents, both them were teachers, to study mathematics and language. But when he was 16 years old he became fascinated by art,
and decided to study architecture, as a compromise reached with his family. After failing an entrance examination in Bordeaux he moved to Paris und studied there at the École des Beaux-Arts.
Later he became a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l'Architecture. At the age of 25, Nouvel completed his studies and entered into his own partnership with François Seigneur.
With his 1981 competition success for the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a building wich was completed in 1987, Jean Nouvel became internationally famous.

Between 1972 and 1984 Jean Nouvel worked together with three different partners. In 1985 he founded the Jean Nouvel et Associés together with his junior architects Emmanuel Blamont,
Jean-Marc Ibos and Mirto Vitart. In 1988 he formed JNEC together with Emmanuel Gattani, only six years later in 1994, the Ateliers Jean Nouvel were founded together with Michel Pélissié.
This office still exists and is one of the largest in France. Additionally to the main office in Paris, there are local offices in Rome, Geneva, Madrid and Barcelona.

Jean Nouvel obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005. In 2008 Jean Nouvel
was awarded the Pritzker Prizes which is considered to be the highest honour in architecture. He received this prize for his work on more thant 200 projects.

1984 Le Granit Theatre - Belfort
1987 Institut du Monde Arabe - Paris
1993 Fondation Cartier - Paris
1993 Lyon Opera House - Lyon
1994 CLMBBDO Publicity Agency - Paris
2005 Hotel Puerta América - Madrid
2005 Extension of the Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
2010 Musée du Quai Branly - Paris
2010 Hotel and Commercial Building Sofitel - Vienna