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Anne Lacaton

French architect

Anne Lacaton
Anne Lacaton in 2017
Born (1955-08-02) 2 August 1955 (age 65)
Alma materENSAPBx
AwardsPritzker Prize (2021)
PracticeLacaton & Vassal

Anne Lacaton (born 2 August 1955)[1] is a French architect and educator. She runs the architectural practice Lacaton & Vassal, with Jean-Philippe Vassal. The pair were jointly awarded the 2021 Pritzker Prize.[2]

Anne Lacaton Intro articles: 2

Early life and education

She was born in Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière on 2 August 1955.[1] Lacaton graduated in architecture from the École nationale supérieure d'architecture et de paysage de Bordeaux and received a masters in urban planning from the University of Bordeaux in 1984.[3][4]

Anne Lacaton Early life and education articles: 3

Architectural practice

In 1989, Lacaton formed the practice Lacaton & Vassal, with Jean-Philippe Vassal.[5] Initially based in Bordeaux, the practice moved to Paris in 2000.[6] Lacaton & Vassal's work focuses on reduced-cost construction.[7] Many projects are hybrids between a contemporary building concept and more diverse techniques, upsetting building contractors' standard usages.[8]

The firm renovated the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art gallery in Paris, completed in 2001. The project, a bare bones reclamation of a semi-derelict art deco building near the Seine, was short-listed for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2003.[9]

In 2005, Lacaton & Vassal and architect Frédéric Druot were selected to reshape the Tour Bois le Prêtre, a 17-story housing tower on Paris' northern edge designed by architect Raymond Lopez in 1957. The team cut away most of the thick façade’s panels, installing balconies and large sliding windows in their place, opening the apartments to more natural light. The units were also enlarged and opened, and the firm installed new plumbing, bathrooms, ventilation, and electric systems. The project was a runner up in the Design of the Year award from the UK’s Design Museum in 2013, coming top of the architecture category.[10]

The practice has also worked on the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes; the art collection project FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkirk; the Grand Parc Bordeaux (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin), and the Cap Ferret residential building in Cap Ferret.[11]

Lacaton & Vassal have worked with Frederic Druot on sustainable housing projects, reinventing old 1960s era social housing in a project called Plus.[9] Plus is an initiative to upgrade old social housing into better living spaces. They've published literature on the project.[9]

Anne Lacaton Architectural practice articles: 5

Academic career

Lacaton was visiting professor at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (2007–13);[12] Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne) (2004, 2006 & 2010–11); University of Florida (2012); State University of New York at Buffalo (2013); Pavillon Neuflize OBC-Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013–14); and Harvard University.[8] Lacaton was appointed as Associate Professor of Architecture & Design at ETH Zurich in 2017.[13]

Her academic teaching focuses on an ideological and socio-political approach to architecture. Lacaton's designs and constructions support human use rather than iconic display, concerned with the people involved. Her designs aim to promote user participation, such as residents in areas undergoing redevelopment.[8]

Anne Lacaton Academic career articles: 6



  • Lauréats des Albums de la Jeune Architecture, France – 1991[14]
  • Grand Prix National d’Architecture Jeune Talent, France – 1999[14]
  • Erich Schelling Award − 2006[14]
  • Fondation Erich Schelling, Karlsruhe Award “Sustainability and Residential Innovation”, City of Madrid – 2006[14]
  • Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship in 2009.[15]
  • Paris Daylight & Building Components Award – 2011[14]
  • Paris, France Equerre d’Argent Award (with Frederic Druot) – 2011[14]
  • Design of the year, architecture category (with Frederic Druot) – 2013[14]
  • Simon Architecture Prize/ Fondation Mies Van der Rohe – The Living Places (With Frederic Druot) – 2016[14]
  • Life Time Achievement – Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa – 2016[14]
  • Académie de l’Architecture France – Gold Medal – 2016[14]
  • Heinrich Tessenow – Gold Medal, Germany – 2016[14]
  • Mies van der Rohe Award – 2019[11]

Shared with Vassal


  1. ^ a b Albert, Marie-Douce (2 February 2012). "Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal et les clés de la maison Latapie" [Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal and the keys to the Latapie House]. www.LeMoniteur.fr (in French). Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wainwright, Oliver (16 March 2021). "'Sometimes the answer is to do nothing': unflashy French duo take architecture's top prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  3. ^ Jungblut, Peter (16 March 2021). "Pritzker-Preis 2021 für Anne Lacaton und Jean-Philippe Vassal". BR24 (in German). Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Lacaton". Akademie der Künste, Berlin (in German). Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Anne Lacaton – Clarkson Chair in Architecture". University at Buffalo. 19 March 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (16 March 2021). "Pritzker Architecture Prize awarded to Paris-based duo". The Washington Times. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Jean-Philippe Vassal". Collectors Agenda. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b c info@lafargeholcim-foundation.org, LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. "Anne Lacaton | LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction". LafargeHolcim Foundation website. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Krasny, Elke (November 2008). "Plus: Mehr als das Existenzminimum. Anne Lacaton und Frédéric Druot im Gespräch / Plus: More than the bare minimum Anne Lacaton und Frédéric Druot in conversation". Architektur Aktuell (344): 4–5.
  10. ^ Chalcraft, Emilie (10 April 2013). "Design of the Year Awards category winners announced". Dezeen. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  11. ^ a b Hanselmann, Ulla (16 March 2021). "Pritzker-Preis 2021: Architekturpioniere Lacaton & Vassal gewinnen". stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Master in Collective Housing – Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos". DPA. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  13. ^ "INFO – STUDIO ANNE LACATON". ETH Zürich. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Lacaton and Vassal CV" (PDF). www.lacatonvassal.com. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Lacaton & Vassal Architectes". Nobel Center. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Le Grand Prix national de l'architecture". Accueil Ministère (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal – the Visual Arts" (PDF). Rolf Schock Prizes 2014.
  18. ^ "Anne Lacaton". Lafarge Holcim Foundation.
  19. ^ "Winners by years".

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