Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN) is a world-renowned design firm with a multicultural team of 140 people from more than twenty countries. AJN combines the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, interior design, landscape design, graphic design, and product design into a single integrated practice. Jean Nouvel’s award winning designs and reputation have attracted many prestigious commissions. His portfolio of projects currently in progress includes museums, concert halls, conference centers, theaters, hotels, residential buildings, office buildings, commercial centers, and private residences:  the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), the National Art Museum Of China NAMOC (Beijing), the cultural complex The Artists’ Garden (Qingdao), 53W53, informally known as the MoMA Tower (New York), the “European Patent Office” (Rijswijk), the residential towers Le Nouvel (Kuala Lumpur), Anderson 18 (Singapore), Ardmore (Singapore) and Rosewood (São Paulo); the office towers La Marseillaise (Marseille), Duo (Paris), and HEKLA (Paris); the Tencent Headquarters (Guanzhou), the Pudong Art Museum (Shanghai), the hotel and residential tower One Bangkok (Bangkok), and the Lux Hotel (Chengdu).

AJN’s Board of Executive Directors accompanies the stakeholders of each project throughout the process of conception and realization. The Board includes AJN’s President François Fontès, CEO Frédérique Monjanel, and Deputy Managing Director Diane Clerc.



Jean Nouvel



Jean NOUVEL born in Fumel (France) 1945

After he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, Jean Nouvel ranked first in the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966 and obtained his degree in 1972. Assistant to the architect Claude Parent and inspired by urban planner and essayist Paul Virilio, he started his first architecture practice in 1970. Soon afterwards, he became a founding member of the “Mars 1976” Movement whose purpose was to oppose the architects’corporatism and then a founder of French Architecture Union.

His strong stances and somewhat provocative opinions on contemporary architecture in the urban context together with his unfailing ability to inject originality into all the projects he undertakes have formed his international image. Jean Nouvel’s work does not result from considerations of style or ideology, but from a quest to create a unique concept for a singular combination of people, place and time. His contextual approach and ability to inject originality into all the projects he undertakes have consistently yielded buildings that transform their environments and indelibly mark the cities in which they are built, like the Arab World Institute (Paris – 1987), the Opera House (Lyon – 1993), the Cartier Foundation (Paris – 1994), the Galeries Lafayette (Berlin – 1996), the Culture and Congress Center KKL (Lucerne – 2000), the Agbar Tower (Barcelona – 2005), the extension of the Queen Sofia Arts Center (Madrid – 2005), the Quai Branly museum (Paris – 2006), the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis – 2006), the 40 Mercer housing building (New-York – 2008), the High Rise Office Building (Doha – 2011), Renaissance Fira hotel (Barcelona – 2012), mixed use high-rise building One Central Park (Sydney – 2014) the Police headquarters & Charleroi Danses extension (Charleroi – 2014), the housing, offices and retails tower The White Walls (Nicosia, 2015), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris – 2015).

His works have gained world-wide recognition through numerous prestigious French and International prizes and rewards. In 1989, The Arab World Institute in Paris was awarded the Aga-Khan Prize because of its role as “a successful bridge between French and Arab cultures”. In 2000, Jean Nouvel received the Lion d’Or of the Venice Biennale. In 2001, he received three of the highest international awards: the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Praemium Imperial of Japan’s Fine Arts Association and the Borromini Prize for the Culture and Conference Center in Lucerne. He was appointed Docteur Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art in London en 2002. Jean Nouvel was the recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008.

François Fontès


Top management

Frédérique Monjanel

Directrice générale

Diane Clerc

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, France


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“Jean Nouvel, Mes meubles d’architecte : sens et essence”, catalogue, Dir. Odile Fillion, Ed. Flammarion, France, 2016

“Jean Nouvel, Claude Parent, musées à venir”, Dir. Donatien Grau, Paris, Association Azzedine Alaïa, Actes Sud, France, 2016 

“Jean Nouvel – 2007-2016 – Contemporary Reflections”, El Croquis n°183, Madrid, Espagne, 2016

“Prince Jean. En pleine lumière / Le Côté obscur”, Jean-Louis Violeau, Paris, Éditions B2, 2015 

“Jean Nouvel”, Philip Jodidio, Taschen, Berlin, Allemagne, 2014

“Jean Nouvel : Recent Project”, GA recent project series, Ada Edita Global Architecture, Japon, 2014

“Being Jean Nouvel”, Abitare n°518, Italie, 2012

“Jean Nouvel”, Marco Casamonti et Christine Piot, Actes Sud, Paris, France, 2008

“Jean Nouvel – Le manifeste de Louisiana”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2008

“Jean Nouvel by Jean Nouvel – Complete Works 1970-2008”, Philip Jodidio, Taschen, Berlin, Allemagne, 2008

“Jean Nouvel” Leçon inaugurale, Ecole de Chaillot, 8 janvier 2008, Silviana Editoriale, France, 2008

“Jean Nouvel”, Carlo Prati, Edil Stampa, Italie, 2007

“Jean Nouvel”, Area n°89, Motta Architettura, Italie, 2006

“Jean Nouvel 1987-2006”, A+U édition spéciale avril, Japon, 2006

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“Jean Nouvel”, Liorenç Bonet, TeNeues, Allemagne, 2002

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“Les objets singuliers – Jean Baudrillard et Jean Nouvel”, Ed. Calmann-Lévy Paris, France, 2000

“L’urgence permanente”, J. Nouvel, F. Geindre, H.-P. Jeudy, R. Ricciotti, M. Poitevin, J. Hondelatte et F. Roche, Ed. Imbernon, Marseille, France, 2000

“Jean Nouvel, 1987-99”, El Croquis n° 65/66, Espagne, 1999

“Designing Museums”, Axis, vol. 75, Japon, 1999

“Jean Nouvel”, GA document Extra 7, Ada Edita Global Architecture, Japon, 1999

“Trentuno domande a Jean Nouvel”, Francisco Cirillio, Ed. Sapper, 1998

“Jean Nouvel : Les Éléments de l’architecture”, Conway Lloyd Morgan, Adam Biro, Paris, France, 1998

“Jean Nouvel”, Olivier Boissière, Studio Paperback, Ed. Birkhäuser, Allemagne, 1996

“Jean Nouvel – Una Lezione in Italia, Architettura e design, 1976 – 1995”, G. Bosoni, Ed. Skira, 1996

“Jean Nouvel”, Olivier Boissière, Éditions Terrail, Paris, France, 1996

“The Unbuilt Jean Nouvel, 100 Projects”, Kenchiku Bunka, Japon, 1996 (3 volumes)

“L’Ombre vive de la mesure”, Jean Nouvel, Jeanne-Marie Sens, Hubert Tonka, Ed. Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Paris, France, 1995

“Jean Nouvel, 1987-94”, El Croquis n° 65/66, Madrid, Espagne, 1994

“Jean Nouvel”, Patrice Goulet, Éditions du Regard, Paris, France, 1994

“Nouvel – Autoportrait approximatif”, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, n° 296, Paris, France, décembre 1994

“Nouvel – Jean Nouvel, Emmanuel Cattani et associés”, Artemis, Zurich, 1992

“Jean Nouvel 1981-1991”, AV Monografías 31, Arquitectura Viva, Espagne, 1991

“Jean Nouvel – La Obra Reciente”, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Espagne, 1990

“Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc, Philippe Starck”, XLIVe Biennale de Venise, Ed. Carte segrete, 1990 

“Jean Nouvel”, Patrice Goulet, Electa Moniteur / Institut français d’architecture, Italie / France, 1987

“Jean Nouvel 1977-1983”, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, n° 231, Paris, France, février 1984


  • 2016«Jean Nouvel, Sens et essences - Mes meubles d’architecte » Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
  • 2016« Jean Nouvel/Claude Parent, Musées à venir »
    Galerie Azzedine Alaïa Paris, France.
  • 2006« Jean Nouvel – 3 Buildings » GA Gallery Tokyo, Japon,
    Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine (Paris, France).
  • 2006« Elémentaire – Jean Nouvel » Maison & Objets Paris, France
  • 2006« Jean Nouvel » Novena Bienal de La Habana Cuba
  • 2005 Jean Nouvel » Louisiana Museum Copenhague, Danemark
  • 2003« Kilometro Rosso » Teatro Sociale Bergame, Italie
  • 2003« Jean Nouvel » Centro de Arquitectura e Urbanismo Rio de Janeiro, Brésil
  • 2003« Jean Nouvel » Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Tokyo, Japon
  • 2002« Jean Nouvel », Triennale de Milan, Organisée par le Centre Pompidou, du 27 mars au 2 juin
  • 2002« Jean Nouvel » Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid, Espagne
  • 2001« Jean Nouvel – Projection rétrospective » Eglise Sainte-Marie de Sarlat Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
  • 2001« L'Inattendu muséal selon Jean Nouvel » Espace culturel François-Mitterrand Périgueux, France
  • 2001 « Jean Nouvel » Centre national Georges-Pompidou Paris, France
  • 2001« Jean Nouvel – Neues Kunstmuseum um Lucerne », Suisse
  • 1999« Jean Nouvel, l'exacte représentation d'une volonté » Architekturgalerie Lucerne, Suisse
  • 1998« Jean Nouvel’s Architecture Shop » Galerie Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, Etats-Unis
  • 1997« Jean Nouvel Architectures » Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brésil
  • 1995« Jean Nouvel – Lumières » Galerie MA Tokyo, Japon
  • 1995« Jean Nouvel » Architektur Zentrum Vienne, Autriche
  • 1995« Jean Nouvel, Paris » Neues Museum Weserburg Brême, Allemagne,
  • 1993« Jean Nouvel » Arc en rêve Centre d'architecture Bordeaux, France
  • 1992« La Métropole selon Jean Nouvel » Tostem Spacelab Tokyo, Japon "Nouvel" / Institute of Contemporary Arts Londres, Royaume-Uni
  • 1991« Jean Nouvel & Emmanuel Cattani et associés » ETH Zürich, Suisse
  • 1990« Jean Nouvel, Opere Recenti 1987-1990 » Palazzo Lanfranchi Pise, Italie
  • 1990« Jean Nouvel, Architecte » CCC Tours, France,
  • 1990 1990
    • « Jean Nouvel, La Obra Reciente », C.O.A.C. Barcelone, Espagne, 1990
    • « Jean Nouvel – Architectures d'art et d'essai » Institut français d'architecture Paris et Nîmes, France, 1987

    • « Jean Nouvel, La Obra Reciente », C.O.A.C. Barcelone, Espagne, 1990
    • « Jean Nouvel – Architectures d'art et d'essai » Institut français d'architecture Paris et Nîmes, France, 1987

    « Jean Nouvel – Das Werk Eines Pariser Architekten » Studio Dumont Cologne, Allemagne
  • 1990« Jean Nouvel, La Obra Reciente », C.O.A.C. Barcelone, Espagne
  • 1987« Jean Nouvel – Architectures d'art et d'essai » Institut français d'architecture Paris et Nîmes, France