A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Jean Nouvel is an architect and was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2008.
In 1981, he won the design competition for the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, one of François Mitterrand’s “grands projets”. This building brought Jean Nouvel international renown.
In 1994, he opened the Ateliers Jean Nouvel, which has since become one of the largest architectural firms in France. Museums, concert halls, theatres, hotels, multidwelling units, shopping centres. His projects transform the landscape on which they are built, becoming major urban events.
Ateliers Jean Nouvel has given us the Opéra de Lyon, the Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne, the Vinci Conference Centre in Tours, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the SoHo apartment house in New York, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, the Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen, the Quai-Branly Museum and more recently, the Philharmonie in Paris.