PARIS SCIENCES & LETTRES (PSL)

Paul Andreu

Architect

Paul Andreu was born on July 10th 1938 in Bordeaux. He was educated in Louis le Grand College, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and finally, Ecole des Beaux Arts. He worked almost forty years with Aéroports de Paris, where he was successively architect in chief of the buildings of the Charles de Gaulle Airport, then director and architect in charge of the design and construction for all of the projects that Aéroports de Paris had in charge, in Paris, but, more generally, in France and out of France. He conceived and supervised the construction of most buildings of the Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris, of some other airport terminals in France, in Nice and in Bordeaux particularly, and of many others abroad, in Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Cairo, Dar-ar Salam, Shanghai, etc. He designed other buildings, a Sea Museum in Osaka, a gymnasium in Canton, the Oriental Art Centre in Shanghai and, more important than any other of his works, in the centre of Beijing, the Grand National Theatre of China. This was probably not sufficient to exhaust his desire of opening, since almost ten years ago he started to write. He published four books. Two books of reflexion inspired by his work of architect and two novels. To write was a very old desire that he had refused, with the pretext he lacked time. Today he fined it, as he fined enough also to draw. He believes his experience as an architect would make their infinite structures and developments more accessible to his.(photography : ©Paul Maurer)

Paul Andreu

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