Jean-Philippe Vassal
Vassal in 2017
Born (1954-02-22) 22 February 1954 (age 70)
Alma materENSAPBx
AwardsPritzker Prize (2021)
PracticeLacaton & Vassal
BuildingsGrand Parc Bordeaux[1]

Jean-Philippe Vassal (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃filip vasal]; born 22 February 1954) is a French[2] architect and academic. He runs the architectural practice Lacaton & Vassal, with Anne Lacaton. The pair were jointly awarded the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize.[3]

Early life and education

Vassal was born 1954 in Casablanca during the French Protectorate of Morocco.[4] He graduated from the École nationale supérieure d'architecture et de paysage de Bordeaux in 1980.[5] After graduating, he spent five years in Niger as an architect and town planner.[4]

Architectural practice

Vassal founded the practice Lacaton & Vassal with Anne Lacaton in Bordeaux in 1987,[4] which moved to Paris in 2000.[6] The work of Lacaton & Vassal focuses on reduced-cost construction.[4] Lacaton & Vassel carried out many international projects in the area of housing. They accomplish the high-profile renovation of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.[7]

In 2019 the Grand Parc Bordeaux (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin) was selected winner of the European Union's 2019 Mies van der Rohe Award, for the best contemporary architecture in Europe.[8]

The School of Architecture, Nantes

The French architects, who are based in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, believe that every structure can be repurposed, reinvented, reinvigorated.[3]

Academic career

Vassal has been visiting professor at institutes such as the Architecture School of Versailles (2002–2006), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPF Lausanne; 2010–11), the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin; 2007–10) and Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK Berlin; since 2012).[9][4]

Awards and honours: Lacaton & Vassal

See also


  1. ^ "Transformation of 530 dwellings / Lacaton & Vassal + Frédéric Druot + Christophe Hutin architecture". ArchDaily. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Pritzker Prize: French duo wins top architecture honour – Arts and Culture News". Al Jazeera. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b Pogrepin, Robin (16 March 2021). "Affordable Housing Earns French Couple the Pritzker Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Jean-Philippe Vassal". Collectors Agenda. Retrieved 17 March 2021.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Lacaton & Vassal". Lacaton & Vassal, urbanNext site. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  6. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (16 March 2021). "Pritzker Architecture Prize awarded to Paris-based duo". The Washington Times. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Jean-Philippe Vassal". Oase Issues. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  8. ^ Niall Patrick Walsh (11 May 2019). "Grand Parc Bordeaux Wins 2019 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award". ArchDaily. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Prof. Jean-Philippe Vassal – Universität der Künste Berlin". Universität der Künste Berlin. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Lacaton and Vassal CV" (PDF). Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Victor Delaqua (16 March 2021). "Who Are Lacaton & Vassal? 15 Things to Know About the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Laureates". ArchDaily. Retrieved 18 March 2021.