CHRISTIAN DE PORTZAMPARC
Born in Casablanca in 1944, Christian de Portzamparc is an architect and urban planner. He graduated from the Paris School of Fine Arts in 1969 and set up his agency, the Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, in 1980. Based in Paris, France, the Atelier is a global operation with a close-knit team of 100 employees who enjoy positive working relationships with established partners around the world. Organized into several “studios”, they work with partners on a wide variety of ambitious international projects. As well as constructing buildings, Christian de Portzamparc, an architect, urban planner and painter, is engaged in the search for form and meaning.
In 1994, Christian de Portzamparc became the first French architect to gain the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize at the age of 50.
He has been made “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres”, “Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite” and “Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur”, and was awarded the “Grand Prix d’Architecture de la Ville de Paris” in 1990, the “Médaille d’Argent” in 1992 and the “Grand Prix National d’Architecture” in 1998. He has also been appointed an Honorory Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.). The most prestigious city planning prize in France, “Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme”, was awarded to him in 2004.
In 2006, the “Collège de France” created a 53rd chair dedicated to “artistic creation”, Christian de Portzamparc was its first holder.
Africa’s largest Theatre New Art: multi-purpose hall with 1,800 seats, flexible theater with 600 seats, public rehearsal rooms opened, special events rooms and « cultural intensity » place, shops, restaurant, café, cyberspace, space for reading, library, showroom and art gallery.
ARCHITECT PARTNER IN MOROCCO
Casablanca City and The Livings Arts Foundation
Xu Acoustique (Xu Ya Ying) / Acoustique et architectures
Theatre Projects Consultants, Ltd. / Gotlibovitch Consultant