Episode 27: Manuelle Gautrand


The  AIA National Conference entitled Material was held in Melbourne in June 2013 and ArchiTel attended with the Architecture on the Radio 3RRR-FM team of Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott and Rory Hyde. Together we interviewed conference keynote speaker Manuelle Gautrand (France) about her response and philosophy regarding the materials she has chosen to employ in her projects.

Manuelle Gautrand is the principal architect and director of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. She founded the practice in 1991, having obtained her graduate diploma in Architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier in 1985.

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture’s diverse portfolio includes cultural facilities (theatres, museums and cultural centres), office buildings, housing, commercial and leisure facilities. The practice has received numerous awards including the Chicago Athenaeum in 2011 for Lille Museum of Modern Art and World Architecture News International Award – Commercial (2009) for Cité des Affaires in Saint-Etienne.

Gautrand has lectured widely and taught at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Val-de-Seine, Technische Universität in Vienna (Austria) and University of Florida School of Architecture (USA). She was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2010) and the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2007). Her work is regularly exhibited in La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal and La Maison de l’Architecture in Paris.


Producer & Editor – Elizabeth Sarsfield

Camera & Sound – Filip Milovac

Interviewers – Simon Knott, Stuart Harrison

AIA Liaison – Alexandra Cato