Part 27 of a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month
Manuelle Gautrand (b. 1961) completed her credentialing for architectural pratice in 1985. Etablished in Lyon in 1991, her office relocated to Paris in 1993. In this firm she directs projects with diverse functions, with highlights including the C42 Citroën showroom in Paris (which kind of pops on the stately Champs-Élysées, 2002), the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (2003), the administration center in Saint-Étienne (2006, above), the conversion of the Théâtre de la Gaîté to a center for digital arts (2008), façades on Chaengwattana shopping mall in Bangkok (2009), the AVA Tower at La Défense and Le Monolithe in Lyon (both 2010), and the Origami office building in Paris (2011). Stunning in its formal variety, her work is characterized by bold color and striking surface patterns.
Gautrand has held teaching positions in Paris, Vienna, Miami, Karlsruhe, Madrid, Oslo, and Riga, and has been further recognized by the Legion of Honor, the Academy of French Architecture, World Architecture Festival in Spain.