Honors and Distinctions
Architect, born in Fumel (France) 1945
After he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, Jean Nouvel ranked first in the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966 and obtained his degree in 1972. Assistant to the architect Claude Parent and inspired by urban planner and essayist Paul Virilio, he started his first architecture practice in 1970. Soon afterwards, he became a founding member of the “Mars 1976” Movement whose purpose was to oppose the architects’corporatism and then a founder of French Architecture Union. His strong stances and somewhat provocative opinions on contemporary architecture in the urban context together with his unfailing ability to inject originality into all the projects he undertakes have formed his international image. His works have gained world-wide recognition through numerous prestigious French and International prizes and rewards. In 1989, The Arab World Institute in Paris was awarded the Aga-Khan Prize because of its role as “a successful bridge between French and Arab cultures”. In 2000, Jean Nouvel received the Lion d’Or of the Venice Biennale. In 2001, he received three of the highest international awards: the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Praemium Imperial of Japan’s Fine Arts Association and the Borromini Prize for the Culture and Conference Center in Lucerne. He was appointed Docteur Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art in London en 2002. Three years later, he received the annual prize of the Wolf Foundation in Israel “for providing a new model of contextualism and redefining the dialectic between the two salient characteristics of contemporary architecture: concreteness and ephemerality”. The Agbar Tower in Barcelona was awarded the International Highrise Award 2006 in Frankfurt, “as it makes an outstanding contribution to the current debate on high-rises”. Jean Nouvel was the recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008. In France, he received many prizes including the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, two Équerres d’Argent and National Grand Prize for Architecture.
Jean Nouvel has designed projects all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, U.S.A, UAE…
Principal completed projects
Arab World Institute (Paris – 1987), Opera House (Lyon – 1993), Cartier Foundation (Paris – 1994), Galeries Lafayette (Berlin – 1996), Culture and Congress Center (Lucerne – 2000), Justice Center (Nantes – 2000), Dentsu Tower (Tokyo – 2002), Agbar Tower (Barcelona – 2005), extension of the Queen Sofia Arts Center (Madrid – 2005), Quai Branly museum (Paris – 2006), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis 2006), Richemont headquarters (Geneva – 2006), 40 Mercer housing building (New-York – 2008), Symphonic House (Copenhagen – 2009), Ferrari’s factory (Maranello – 2009), “One New Change” (London – 2010), 100 11th avenue building (New-York – 2010), Sofitel hotel (Vienna – 2010), City hall (Montpellier – 2011), Theater “Archipel” (Perpignan – 2011), office tower (Doha – 2011), Renaissance hotel (Barcelona – 2012)
Principal projects currently being designed or under construction
Louvre Museum (Abu Dhabi), Philharmonic Hall (Paris), National Qatar Museum (Doha), “Tour de Verre” integrating the extension of the MoMA galleries (New York), European Patent Office (Rijswijk), La Rose de Cherbourg (Paris), Hôtel de police et extension de Charleroi Danses (Charleroi), Marina Life residential complex (Ibiza), mixed use high-rise building Frasers Broadway (Sydney), Learning Resource Center (Nicosia), residential tower (Kuala Lumpur), Imagine Foundation (Paris), Anderson 18 (Singapore), Tour Ardmore (Singapore), Gare du Midi (Brussels), office tower La Marseillaise (Marseille), Duo tower (Paris), architect in charge of the coordination of the l’île Seguin urban renewal project (Boulogne-Billancourt).
Vice Pesidente of Design Experience, Dassault Systèmes
Anne Asensio joined Dassault Systèmes (DS) in November 2007 as Vice President of Design Experience. She is responsible of DS’s Design Experience strategy with the mission to define and implement innovative Design strategies and innovative 3DExperience solutions for enterprises, as well as defining Dassault Systems’ brand Identity. Prior to DS, Anne holds influential and executive roles at General Motors (2000/2007) and Renault (1987/2000), and won several prestigious accolades for her talent and experience.
Her work illustrates a consistent interest in innovation and definition of future design practices and methodologies. Focused on brand character building, Anne brings a unique ability to establish the right environment for creativity, fostering collaboration and cross-fertilization among teams and delivering Design concepts with meaningful benefits for people;
Anne is also a member of prestigious committees such as Eyes on Design, the Festival de automobile, Louis Vuitton, ADC Super Design, “L’observeur du Design”, Car Design news…; she is a member of Design code collective design manager group, APCI’s strategic council, Paris Tech Research Chair ” Modelisation des imaginaires “ and Ecole des mines Research chair on innovative design processes “les nouveaux régimes de l’innovation”. She is member of Strate College and Web School Factory administration board. She is an independent administrator on the Automotive supplier Plastic Omnium ‘ Board.
Anne holds a Master of Arts in transportation design from Detroit-based Center for Creative Studies; a DSAA of industrial design from Paris-based Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués.
Industrial Designer, Founder of the Plan créatif Agency
Clément Rousseau is both a visionary creative designer and a committed businessman. Following his art degree, he worked with Raymond Loewy and then headed the Design and Communication Division of the British PA Consulting Group. This background shaped his international culture and his ability to grasp and leverage ongoing changes.
In 1985, he founded Plan créatif. In 25 years of time, the company, which was dedicated to industrial design in the first place, has become an independent communication agency that keeps attracting complementary talents. In 2012, Plan créatif merged within Babel, chaired by Laurent Habib, and which became the first independent communication agency in France.
Through his business approach, Clément is always in tune with societal changes to seize any arising opportunity and support organizations’ transformations. He’s deeply convinced that innovation is a key issue, which conveys meaning and drives current changes.
Air Liquide Senior Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee
Research and Development, New business – Innovation & Technology, Intellectual Property, Engineering & Construction, Industrial Merchant
François Darchis joined the Air Liquide Group in 1981 at the French Research Center, in the Cryogenic production team. He moved to Air Liquide America Corporation in 1989 as Director of Strategic Planning. On his return to France in 1992, he was responsible for the setup of the Corporate Industrial Merchant Department.
In 1997 he became General Manager of the French Large Industries Activity. Two years later, he took on the additional role of Vice President Large Industries Europe. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President of both Large Industries Europe and Worldwide Engineering.
In 2002, he joined the Group Executive Committee. As of January 2007, François Darchis is Senior Vice-President. His responsibilities currently cover Intellectual Property, Research & Development, Engineering & Construction, and Innovation. He supervises the World Business Line Industrial Merchant.
Vice-President Research & Development
As Vice President, Research and Development for the Air Liquide Group, Olivier sets the strategic direction for the Group’s R&D, and manages its global network of R&D centres (Asia, North America, and Europe). The Group’s 1000 researchers work on developing innovative technologies for industry, health and the environment.
Olivier began his career in 1998, in R&D at Air Liquide, in the combustion and metallurgy field. After managing American Combustion (ACI, US-based AL subsidiary), he returned to France in 2004, eventually taking on the Industrial Supply Chain management of the Industrial Gas services department, Air Liquide (France).
In 2010 the Group’s Executive Committee charged him to define the new chapter of Air Liquide’s Company program (ALMA, 2011-2015) before he returned to R&D as Group Vice-President.
Graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris and with a Doctorate degree in Combustion, Olivier is of dual French and American nationality.
Dr. Walter MAURER
Air Liquide Large Industries World Business Line
Walter is Vice President, Solution Development Group of the Large Industries World Business Line. He manages a team that define the basic concepts to further develop our business in supplying large amounts of industrial gases to our chemical, refining and steel customers. Walter is a German citizen, a graduate in Engineering from the University of Stuttgart and he also has a PhD in energy.
Walter started his career in Research and Development in Germany. He joined the Air Liquide Group and moved to Paris in 1989 as a project manager in the Engineering department. In 1994 he was appointed project director of a joint venture with Atochem, in charge of the development and construction of chemical facilities in Germany and China. In 1997 he took over responsibility for worldwide project execution in the engineering department.
He was General Manager of Large Industries Germany and then in 2002 he moved to Brussels first in charge of the Large Industries activities in the Benelux and then of the Industrial Direction of Large Industries Europe. In 2007 he was appointed CEO of the North-American Engineering activities. Moving back to Europe in 2009, he was appointed General Manager of the Large Industries activities in the Netherlands.
Air Liquide Scientific Director
International Fellow Expert on Air Separation Unit (ASU) technologies and processes
Bernard Saulnier joined Air Liquide in 1980 as an ASU process engineer in the engineering department. He contributed to the design of special plants in Fos-sur-Mer (France) and in South Africa.
In 1988, he took the responsibility of process development, supervising the industrialization of new technologies, such as distillation packing, a new generation of nitrogen liquefiers and rare gases production plants.
He served as director of the ASU process department from 1989 to 1995.
Then, he supervised the product team, in charge of large ASUs. Among others, this team recently developed the largest ASU in the world.
In 1997, he was appointed director of the Process Department, in charge, beyond ASUs, of hydrogen and carbon monoxide production plants, as well as of helium plants.
In 2004, he became Technology Director, mainly in charge of innovation. In this period, he primarily focused on CO2 capture plants.
Since 2012, he has led an initiative dedicated to the ASU of the future.