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Kyra Ahier_Canada
Ryuta Amae_Japon
Aomi Amae_Japon
Kyra Ahier_Canada
Laurent Baudelot_France
Jennifer Bongibault_France
Manon Bonicel_France
Emiko Boun Xun_Japon
Sarah Liz Dietz_Allemagne
Tereza Do Prado Valladares_Bresil
Emeline Fihue_France
Justine Furet_France
Matthieu Gillet_France
Elsa Glass_France
Juliana Gonçalvez_Portugal
Marta Guedan_Espagne
Raphaël Hucliez_France
Etienne Jaunet_France
Stephane Kayanakis_France
Brice Kester_France
Federico Kraus_Italie
Seyeong Gwak_Corée
Kristin Lazarova_Bulgarie
Pia Le_France
Amandine Lecorre_France
Isotta Lercari_Italie
Olivia Massimi_France
Arthur Meillere_France
Pierre Narcante_France
Fabio Neves_Portugal
Marcello Orlandini_Italie
Benedicte Paillard_France
Julien Pinard_France
Agnieszka Popielak_Pologne
Lucie Réau_France
Alice Riard_France
Marc Rihouey_France
Sara Sieradzan_Pologne
Margarida Simao_Portugal
Adélaïde Smia_France
Pierre Tignon_France
Chen Xi_Chine
Sandrine Zhang_Chine





Sensitive to the spirit of a place, the firm Marchi_Architectes, one of the prizewinners of Les Nouveaux albums des jeunes architectes et des paysagistes (NAJAP) of this year, conceives of architecture as a reconciliation with nature. Adélaïde and Nicola draw on the richness of their travels and encounters as well as the reality of the profession as the framework for the act of construction. They are uniquely influenced by their Erasmus earned at the Porto School of Architecture (Portugal) in 1996 and instruction by Eduardo Souto De Moura, Pritzker 2011 and Alvaro Siza, Pritzker 1992. Adélaïde Marchi (born in 1973, graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Seine) and Nicola Marchi (born in 1968, graduate of the Milan Polytechnic) founded Marchi_Architectes in 2004. Upon their return from Paris, Adélaïde Marchi plunged straight into the profession at Brunet & Saunier, where she earned her spurs. This was the source for her knowledge of « pragmatic evidence of a worksite, management of skills and people, budgetary constraint by developer ». As for Nicola, he works for the firms of Édouard François, Manuelle Gautrand and Christian de Portzamparc.Together, they always bring an attentive eye to the environment, and thereby to people, in how they begin a project. This in no way limits their scope of intervention – to the contrary. From the micro to the macro, they find solutions adapted to the space they have to work with, extremely aware that « every concept systematically rests on an economic plan. » This is why they work with existing natural materials, to the degree possible, and have a preference for modular structures, and take great care in working out the details of construction. This allows them to achieve sincerity in expressing the subject.

Moreover, while location is a guide to the plan, they also use their intuition and prefer to enrich their work through collaboration with others, notably with specialized engineers’ offices for studies in Sustainable Architecture and Structures, which explores alternatives to harmonize architectural value, economical construction, and ecological responsibility. In some sense, this is a way of « discovering the reflexes of simplicity in architectural conception. »     Text © Rafaël Magrou