1955 Born in Paris (FR)
As a woman born in the 50s, Odile Decq must have committed her first hold up on her destiny when she chose to become an architect; and her second one was her decision to set up her own office just after graduating at l'Ecole de la Villette while studying at Sciences Po Paris where she completed a post-graduate diploma in Town Planning in 1979.
International renown was not long in coming, as early as 1990 actually, with her first major commission : the Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes. The numerous prizes and publications that distinguished the building underlined the emergence of a new hope directly born from the punk rebellion which turned old conventions upside down. From then on, 'Odile Decq Benoît Cornette" was considered a tool for the future and the projects desire generators.
By questioning the commission, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, the architecture then devised offered a paradoxical look, both tender and severe on today's world giving birth to works such as the A14 viaduct in Nanterre, the buildings for the Economic Sciences University Department and for the University of Law Library in Nantes …
This atypical project was awarded a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996.
Since then, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research.
Each project, like for instance, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, is meant to be a jubilatory explosion for the senses. The L Museum in Austria, the FRAC de Bretagne in Rennes, the apartment building in Florence ironically dance with the camouflaging habits of daily architecture and suggest smiling at the city or the environment.
Fashions may change, collections follow collections, designers come and go but there will never be any haute couture without obsession for details or the army of seamstresses who support it.
Odile Decq who fundamentally sees the difference between clothes and architecture as a question of distance, humbly respects these two foundations of her work. Rather than working alone with her collaborators on dream projects to be achieved by squads of engineers, she prefers integrating the dialogue with technicians into the creation process as early as possible. With her demanding sense of detail, she likes to confront herself with their invaluable knowledge and to understand the production mechanisms. By questioning a line, a material, an assembly, by analyzing the economic or sensual profits in these mutations, everybody finds their place and feels like drawn up by the work. This is no longer mechanical. The interest, the difficulty, become sources of pleasure and of pride.
Odile Decq has much regard for these workpeople and each time she can do it, she pays a tribute to all the drawers, collaborators, technicians, engineers and workers on sites, who have understood her and put their knowledge at the service of her architecture.
1978 Diploma in Architecture, Paris
1979 Diploma in Urbanism and planning, [Institute of Political Studies, Paris]
2005 Passeport Artiste sans Frontières- AFAA – Paris
2007 International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA, London, UK
Awards 1996 GOLDEN LION - Venice Architecture Biennale 10 national and international prizes for the B.P.O. in Rennes (Benedictus, AMO, Steel Construction, Eternit, Design Oscar …)
1999 The Benedictus Award for University buildings in Nantes
1999 Trophy from the Association of Construction Journalists
2001 Commander Ordre des Arts et Lettres
2003 Premio « il Principe e l’Architetto » for Museum of Contemporary Art in Roma
2003 Chevalier Legion d’Honneur
2006 American Architecture Award - The Chicago Athenaeum, Illinois, USA pour L. Museum in Neuhaus
2007 Honorary member of the National Society of Architects – Tcheque Republic
Lives and works in Paris (FR)
|Last update: 30 January 2014|