Paul Andreu’s architecture in Asia – Lessons from Japan and China

At the turn of the 1990s, at a time when Asian countries were opening up economically to Western countries, Paul Andreu was one of the first French architects to successfully promote his expertise on the continent, first in Japan and then in China. As part of the exhibition “Paul Andreu. Architecture is an art” exhibition, this round-table discussion looks at the many contributions that Asia has made to the architect’s career.

After Terminal 1 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, the Beijing Opera House is undoubtedly one of Paul Andreu’s most emblematic and high-profile projects. From the end of the 1980s until his death in 2018, Asia was a fertile ground for the architect’s experiments, the basis for a personal and professional rethinking, both in terms of his references and in terms of programming and form. Under the aegis of Aéroports de Paris, Paul Andreu has designed several airport projects in Japan, China and Korea, as well as a number of cultural, sports and commercial projects, while a handful of French agencies, such as Arte Charpentier and Architecture Studio, have also succeeded in establishing themselves in China. Several specialists on China and Japan, researchers and architects, look back at the emergence of French architects on the Asian scene, thanks to a policy of openness and economic and technical exchanges.


  • Pierre Clément, architect, doctor in ethnology, honorary professor at ENSA Paris-Belleville, researcher at IPRAUS, chairman of Arte Charpentier
  • Yann Nussaume, architect, professor at ENSA Paris-La Villette, member of the AMP “Architecture, Milieu, Paysage” research unit. »
  • Martin Robain, architect, co-founder and associate architect of Architecture Studio, Honorary President of the Académie d’Architecture
  • Zou Qiang, architect, doctor in art history, founder of Zone of Utopia (to be confirmed)
  • Moderator: Diane Aymard, architect DE, architectural historian, associate curator of the exhibition “Paul Andreu. Architecture is an art” exhibition

The event will take place on 25 April 2024 at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.
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