architect and urban planner
Following his architectural training at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and the École Centrale de Paris, Jacques Ferrier created his own architecture firm in Paris in 1993 and has since worked both in France and on the international stage. His portfolio of work includes cultural facilities (such as the France Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai and the Musée de la Voile in Lorient in Brittany), showcase buildings (such as the head office of Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck in Reims, the head office of publishers Hachette Livre in Vanves, near Paris and the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse), public buildings (notably the Collège de France in Paris and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Nantes) and research centres, as well as urban development projects that chime with the ethos and philosophy of the agency: to create architecture and cities that contribute to a sustainable society.
With projects such as Belle Méditerranée, Concept Office and Hypergreen, in partnership with famous industrials, Jacques Ferrier has also undertaken innovative research activities.
His humanistic vision for tomorrow’s cities finds its full expression in the concept of the Sensual City – an urban proposal developed for the France Pavilion in Shanghai – which seeks to answer the question of what urban design and planning should today be, and which is to be continued through his mission as consultant for the design and architecture of the Grand Paris rapid transit.
In 2010, Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti created, in collaboration with the philosopher Philippe Simay, the Sensual City Studio, a research laboratory devoted to a forward-looking, humanistic and sensitive approach to the city and architecture.
Jacques Ferrier is the author of a number of works and articles on the subject of architecture. His architectural work has been the subject of many publications in France and abroad.
He is qualified to teach in French architectural schools (as “Professeur des Écoles d’Architecture”), and he has been the recipient of a number of prizes and awards – in particular the Prix de la Première OEuvre du Moniteur (awarded by the journal Le Moniteur) – and has been nominated three times for the Grand Prix National d’Architecture (awarded by the French Ministry of Culture). He has been made both a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (a national honour bestowed by the French President) and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (a national honour bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture).