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The creation of Arte Charpentier Architectes was both simple and the fruit of relentless efforts. The son of an architect, Jean-Marie Charpentier graduated in urban planning from the University of Paris, and then architecture from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In parallel to his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he developed projects for large industrial societies. He quickly invested himself internationally.
Once his education was completed, he opened an office in Paris in 1969… Two years of scientific cooperation in Cambodia and a job as an expert for the United Nations in developing countries gave him the aspiration to apply his French practice internationally. Thus, little-by-little, his independent practice became a society. Today, twenty associates share the responsibility of projects and insure the sustainability of the firm.
In 1969, Jean-Marie Charpentier set up an architectural practice under the name ARTE (Architecture, Research, Technology and Environment). From its earliest days, the practice undertook numerous projects in the fields of industry and research, both in France and abroad (the UK, Germany, Spain, Brazil, etc.).
In the mid-1980s, Arte Charpentier constructed the first urban industrial parks and commercial business units. These were new concepts in the industrial property sector. In 1986, having developed expertise in the fields of residential housing, medical research and industry (the Paris Nord II mixed development zone), the firm moved into the service industry and office sectors (headquarters of Creeks, JVC, Apple, Grand Axe regional headquarters for Axa…).
Whereas in 1992 the original practice began a S.A. architecture company, 2003 marked the next stage in the development of the firm with the creation of a new company incorporating a number of partners. At the same time, in response to its growing number of Chinese projects, Arte Charpentier established a subsidiary company: Charpentier Architecture Design Consulting Co. Ltd. based in the Xintiandi district of Shanghai.
On December 24, 2010, Jean-Marie Charpentier, founder of the firm, passed away in Paris. An homage was publicly given to him at sale Gaceau by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister, Senator of la Vienne, by Gérard Collomb, Mayor of Lyon, and by Jean-Pierre Duport, Prefect of the Ile-de-France region, during a debate on architecture, which was attended by numerous key figures.