Clément Blanchet Architecture / Principal
Clément Blanchet is a French architect, teacher, and critic, actively practicing in the fields of architectural theory, urbanism, and cultural investigations. After studying architecture at the AA school of architecture in London, the Chulalongkorn Mahawitthayalai Architectural School in Bangkok, and at the University of Illinois in Chicago, he graduated with high honors from the Architectural School of Versailles.
In 2004 he started working at OMA and became an associate in 2008 then director of OMA France in 2011. During his 10 years collaborating with Rem Koolhaas, he has contributed to the development of OMA in France and led several winning projects for the firm, including the construction of Serpentine Gallery in London, the design and construction of Caen Library (completed 2017), the design and development of winning entries like the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Toulouse (completion 2019), the Engineering school of Centrale (completed 2018), master plans in Saclay and in Bordeaux, and lately the bridge Simone Weil over the Garonne in Bordeaux.
He founded Clément Blanchet Architecture (CBA) in May 2014 in Paris, after studying and living/working internationally for more than 15 years. The practice is structured as a laboratory, researching, informing, and generating architecture/urbanism in all its forms. In June 2019, CBA won the construction of the 15000 seats new BAUER stadium in Saint Ouen.
In France the office has been focusing on education issues through several winning competitions: the Innovation Campus in Antony (FR) (2017), the Carrefour Research And Development Center Saclay (FR) (2017). Recently, the agency won an international competition for the creation of a 1,500 seat auditorium as part of the Grand Paris. In July 2017 Blanchet was appointed chief architect of the Annecy area.
His international experience reflects in the office activity, from being invited to international competitions in the USA, Asia, and Europe to currently designing a masterplan and a hotel complex in Tbilisi (Georgia) and a new urban development in Shenzhen (Asia). He has been an invited critic of architectural schools in France, England, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden.
Blanchet teaches at Taubman College since 2014 (Michigan, USA), currently at the Bauhaus (Germany), and Paris Malaquais School (France).
Clement Blanchet has always been interested in the bridges between the theoretical approach and pragmatism in architecture.