Wednesday, October 12, 7pm
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Eric Owen Moss
Odile Decq is Director of École Spéciale d'Architecture and Principal of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette, Architectes-Urbanistes, in Paris, France. She set up her practice after graduating from La Villette in 1978, while studying political science in Paris and pursuing a post-graduate program in Urban Planning.
Her first commission, Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France—completed in 1990—received international acclaim and numerous prizes. Publications documenting the building underlined the emergence of a new style born from punk rebellion, while also questioning the project, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, and the architecture of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette.
In 1996, her firm was awarded a Golden Lion in Venice. Working independently since 1998, Decq has been truthful to her original style, while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Recently, she completed the new wing of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO) in 2010, and the restaurant at Opera Garnier in Paris, in 2011. Since 2007, Decq has been serving as Executive Director of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.www.odbc-paris.com