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Paris Edition 2023

June 15, 2023, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm CEST

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Please note that this event will take place in French.
Cet événement se déroulera en français.

The international event series “Architects, not Architecture” is in Paris for the first time! The format has hosted events in more than 10 countries in two continents with some of the most relevant architects of the world, and the time for an event in France has finally come.

On Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 7pm at the Dome at Espace Niemeyer in Paris, AnA will bring together three of the most acclaimed France-based architects, who will talk about their personal experiences and the influences that impacted them as architects in the most important creative periods in their lives:

Manuelle Gautrand, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Paris, www.manuelle-gautrand.com

 Nicolas Laisné, Nicolas Laisné Architectes, Paris,  www.nicolaslaisne.com

Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm architectes, Paris, www.philipperahm.com

“Architects, not Architecture”, or “AnA”, gives guests the chance to get to know world-renowned architects on a more personal level as there is only one golden rule: speakers are not allowed to talk about their architectural projects. This has allowed audiences around the globe to enjoy unique personal content since the format was introduced in 2015. 

Doors open at 18:00.
The talks start at 19:00.

This event is kindly supported by EquitoneJUNG, and Object Carpet.


Program live


“Doors open” & Get-Together

19:00 – 19:10



Speakers (20-minute talk & 10-minute interview)

21:00 – 21:20

Round table discussion & Q&A

21:20 – 23:00

Get-Together & Fingerfood

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The event venue

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Espace Niemeyer is an event venue and iconic work of modernist architecture in Paris, France. The gem of the venue is the dome (couple) that boasts a breathtaking ceiling of hung metal panels that creates an ethereal sense of space through light and material. It’s original features and unique design form a distinct rhythm of spatiality.

The moderator in Paris

Jean-Philippe Hugron, a journalist with a degree in architectural history, was awarded the Publications Medal of the Académie d’Architecture in 2020 for his publications, in particular for Le Courrier de l’Architecte, the online weekly he founded in 2010 and will run until 2020. He is a regular contributor to L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, EXE Magazine and Archistorm in France, and Baumeister and Bauwelt in Germany. He is the author of several architectural guides, the latest of which, published in 2020, focuses on Monaco, as well as numerous monographs.

About the Speakers

Manuelle Gautrand was born in Marseille (France) and obtained her graduate diploma in Architecture from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier”. In 1991 she set up her practice; she lives and works in Paris. As the principal architect at Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, she is responsible for the design and construction of a diverse range of buildings, including cultural facilities (theaters, museums, cultural centres), offices, housing, commercial and leisure facilities, etc.

She works for large public clients and institutions as much as for private clients, in France and abroad. “Re-enchant the city” and thus to bring emotion, to reinvent, to renew, to innovate and to propose the unexpected answers, to be bold and plural are the founding principles of the architecture of Manuelle Gautrand. www.manuelle-gautrand.com

Nicolas Laisné was trained in several cultures: India with Raj Rewal, the United States with Steven Holl, and Europe with Jean Nouvel. For the Arbre Blanc, one of his most emblematic creations (2019), he has immersed himself in Japanese and Mediterranean cultures. Nicolas Laisné has a concern for nature and a way of softening the boundary between interior and exterior, through the effects of thresholds and gentle porosity. With his open-mindedness, natural curiosity and taste for dialogue, Nicolas Laisné multiplies influences and limits the weight of dogmas. His decompartmentalized vision of architecture leads him to invite philosophers, ergonomists, botanists, artists and data scientists to his table. He forms a new transdisciplinary team for each project.

His latest projects (L’Arbre Blanc, L’Arboretum in Nanterre, L’Atelier de l’Arsenal in Paris, the Althéa and Tilia housing projects in Vélizy, Nice Méridia, etc.) reflect his desire to open up architecture. So that it gives more space to everyone, including nature, in ever denser cities. So that it integrates the new uses of society, and their accelerated evolution. So that it makes the sharing of space a happy experience of conviviality.www.nicolaslaisne.com

Philippe Rahm graduated as architect from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1993 and received a Ph.D in architecture from the University of Paris-Saclay in 2019. He has held professorships at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell Universities since 2010 in the USA.In 2008, he founded the internationally renowned architectural firm Philippe Rahm architectes in Paris. The practice is recognized in the field of architecture and sustainable urban development, their expertise is in the invention and practical implementation of technical, social and aesthetic solutions to meet the challenges of climate change, air pollution and new environmental standards.

His recent work includes the first prize for the Farini competition in Milan in 2019, the 70 hectares Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan, completed in 2020, the First Prize for the 1800 m2 Agora of the French National Radio in Paris, and a 2700 m2 Exhibition architecture for the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. He has received the Silver Medal of the French Academy of Architecture in 2019 and was made a knight of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco in 2017. www.philipperahm.com

Manuelle Gautrand, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, projects:
Galeries Lafayette Department Store
Photography: Vincent Fillon
The FORUM Associative
Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater
Photography: Luc Boegly
Marriott Paris CDG Airport Hotels
Photography: Luc Boegly
Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas
Photography: Luc Boegly
Belaroïa Residential Building
Photography: Luc Boegly
Edison Lite Apartment Building
Photography: Luc Boegly
Hipark Hotel
Photography: Luc Boegly
Origami Building
Photography: Vincent Fillon
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Nicolas Laisné, Nicolas Laisné Architectes, projects:
Anis Office Building
Photography: Cyrille Weiner
L'Arbre Blanc Tower
Photography: Dimitri Roussel
Nicolas Laisné Architectes, DREAM, Pietri Architectes and Triptyque
Nicolas Laisné Architectes
Photography: Cyrille Weiner
Sheds of Cauderan
Nicolas Laisné Architectes
Perspective Office Building
Photography: Cyrille Weiner
Centre Administratif de La Région Sicile
Leclercq Associés architectes urbanistes, Nicolas Laisné Architectes, Clément Blanchet architecture, Tekne, Base
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Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architectes, projects:
Central Park
Philippe Rahm architects + Mosbach landscape architects + Ricky Liu & Associates
Scalo Farini
OMA, Philippe Rahm Architectes
Maison de la Radio Agora
Philippe Rahm Architectes
Convective Museum
Philippe Rahm Architectes
Domestic Astronomy
Philippe Rahm Architectes
A Building as a Convective Shape
Philippe Rahm Architectes
Deterritorialized Milieus
Photographer: A. Dupuis
Photography: Adam Rzepka
Photography: Niklaus Stauss
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