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PARIS in 100º – The 10 Top Architects

Paris in 100º presents you the 10 best and top architects from the “City Of Lights”.  For centuries, Paris has been the space used like a laboratory where innovative and creative architects and artists have come to test their building design ideas.

Recognized for having the best architecture buildings in the world, Paris architecture still be an inspiration. The most visited city in the world has magnificent modern architecture buildings, all designed by famous architects in the most beautiful ways and with the best materials. Through their building architecture lines, they inspired some professionals of architecture companies to continue this legacy on their own architectural design projects.

If you want to get inspired and to discover the names of those who keep the practice of modern French architecture very much alive, here is a list of the best top architects in Paris.


Jean Nouvel


Jean Nouvel was born in 1945 and is a French architect. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. A number of museums and architectural centers have presented retrospectives of his work. He designed the Philharmonie de Paris, Doha Tower in Qatar and a project in 100 Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan, for example.




Based in Paris, RDAI is top architecture company, directed by the architect Denis Montel.  Originally created with a focus on interior architecture projects, RDAI today is an agency practicing architecture, interior architecture and architectural design. RDAI privileges what is essential, avoids the superfluous and searches for the contours of beauty. The finished project aspires to go beyond the expectations of the client and to interpret what is left unsaid. One of their building architecture projects was the store of Elie Saab in Paris.


Joseph Dirand


Joseph Dirand, a Parisian top architect who has made a name for himself by creating stark, linear, monochromatic spaces for luxury brands. is one of the most famous architects and interior designers in fashion and the creative mastermind behind the brand-new Givenchy store in Paris, Rick Owens’ Mayfair boutique as well as Alexander Wang’s Beijing outpost. He has also designed luxury hotels in Mexico and the Monsieur Bleu restaurant at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo.


Jean-Michel Wilmotte


Architect, city planner, and designer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte founded his own architecture firm in Paris in 1975. Attention to details allows Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his team to work from the smallest to the largest scale: moving from a house to a skyscraper, from a shop to a corporate headquarters, from a gallery of art to a museum, and from street types of furniture to urban design. Renowned for the diversity of its output and the elegance and excellent finishing quality of its work, the Wilmotte architecture company operates in both the public and private sectors, across luxury, hospitality, residential, and the service industries.


Benny Benlolo


Benny Benlolo is based in his hometown of Paris and approaches his work as an interior architect by giving his ideas free rein and combining his knowledge of the built environment with his artistic know-how. He allows his creative spirit to flow freely and find form in his projects. The Pavillon Monceau Hotel is one of the public spaces Benlolo designed.


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Adrien Fainsilber


Graduated in 1960 at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Adrien Fainsilber is the architect of La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, one of the most important buildings in Paris. He carries out several projects, notably the Benjamin Franklin center of the Compiègne University of Technology, the Villetaneuse campus, the Évry hospital center, and various buildings in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines .


Frédéric Druot


Frédéric Druot research is undertaken into the context, scale, and cost-effectiveness in new buildings and/or the transformation of preexisting ones. His work covers a wide range of fields and topics, as for cultural buildings, offices, as well as housing. In the late 1990s, the Ministry of Culture and Communications decided to regroup all of their offices into adjoining buildings in a historic part of Paris. Frédéric Druot solved this problem by encasing the buildings in a strikingly intricate, laser cut metal lattice.


Jean-Paul Viguier


Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme is an internationally recognized architecture, urban planning, interior, and landscape design practice led by Jean-Paul Viguier together with 12 Associates. One of the most important projects made by them is the project of the Banque de France Paris La Courneuve, that is also a reflection of one of the main concerns of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés’: the relation between heritage and contemporary architecture.


Jean-Phillipe Vassal 



Anne Lacaton


Lacaton & Vassal is an international architecture company formed by Jean-Philippe Vassal and Anne Lacaton. This firm is based in Paris and works on public buildings, housing, and urban planning. Lacaton & Vassal’s social housing projects include the transformation of the 96-apartment building Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris completed in 2011 and of the 4,000-unit complex Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux completed in 2016. Other notable works by these top architects include the contemporary art centers Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the FRAC in Dunkerque, France; Nantes School of Architecture; and the House Latapie in Bordeaux.


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