Jean Nouvel is a French architect and planner. He trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has headed his own architectural practice since 1970. His current firm, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, is one of the largest architectural practices in France, active in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape design as well as industrial design and interior design.
Among Mr. Nouvel's principal completed buildings are the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Lyon Opera House, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin, the Dentsu Tower in Tokyo, the museum of archaeology in Périgueux, the Quai Branly museum in Paris, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Richemont Corporation headquarters in Geneva, the Symphonic House in Copenhagen and an apartment building 40 Mercer Street in New York, and the Doha Tower, shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 13th cycle). Projects currently under study or construction at Ateliers Jean Nouvel include the city hall in Montpellier, a office building in the City of London, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Philharmonic Hall in Paris and the Tour de Verre in New York.
Mr. Nouvel's work has been widely published and exhibited, and his many honours and awards include the Pritzker Prize in 2008, the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, honorary fellowships in the AIA, France's National Grand Prize for Architecture, Italy's Borromini Prize for the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center, Japan's Praemium Imperial Career Prize, the Wolf Prize and the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in architecture. Mr. Nouvel was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989 for the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
In 2003, the Government of Qatar, through the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Heritage, is in the process of transforming the Doha Corniche into an international arts and culture centre for the Gulf region. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is assisting the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Heritage in this endeavour.
The Corniche is composed of a narrow pedestrian strip, extending 7.5km along Doha Bay from the Sheraton Hotel at the north end to the Marriot Hotel at the south, past Dhow harbour and the Doha Port facilities. A belt of prestigious administrative, cultural and commercial facilities and parks line the Al Corniche Road, a dual carriageway running parallel to the pedestrian strip. The regeneration process is intended to enhance the quality of urban living along the Corniche and to provide an international culture and arts identity through innovative, culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive urban planning and landscaping, highlighted by selected landmark projects of international significance.
The process was a competition involving six architects of international renown who were invited to respond to the detailed brief. The architects were:
Patrick Berger Zaha Hadid Kamel Louafi Jean Nouvel D. Paysage Architects Martha Schwartz Inc.