Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme is an international architecture, town planning and interior firm of around 90 professionals led by Jean Paul Viguier. It has designed and delivered projects ranging from master plans to street furniture, including public or private offices, housing, facilities and shops. Most of these projects are located in France, but also in the United States, Spain, Morocco and Hungary. The agency has thus shown an ability to build in various parts of the world.
Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme strives to bring to its projects the best possible responses to the relationship between buildings and their environment. The changing size of cities and the urbanisation of the planet are forcing architecture to consider its relationship with the urban space, in other words to constantly bear in mind that human urban well-being depends on a harmonious relationship between architecture and planning. Whether in the case of workplaces, housing, facilities or urban spaces, the urban fabric and architecture contribute to the sense of place – the Genius Loci – which makes every place unique.
The firm works to highlight this uniqueness, which underpins the value of each building and each place, and ensures that architecture is first and foremost an art. It is brought to bear in plans for towns, neighbourhoods, city parks, and planning and architecture guidelines all around the world. In order to help to create a harmonious urban environment, the agency works on a very wide range of building types.
Jean-Paul Viguier is an architect based in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1970, he was, along with Jean Bossu and Georges-Henri Pingusson, a founder member of a study unit called Unité Pédagogique 5. In 1973, he was awarded a “Master of city planning in urban design” by the University of Harvard and, after returning to France, wrote a column on urban architecture for the Urbanisme journal. From 1975 to 1992, he collaborated on projects with Jean-François Jodry.
In 1981 and 1983, he won the jury first prize for his competition entry for the Bastille Opera House, and joint first prize for the Tête Défense project. In 1986, along with Alain Provost, Patrick Berger and Gilles Clément he won the competition to build André Citroën Park in Paris, which would take six years to complete (1986-92), and then the French pavilion at the Seville World Expo in 1992.