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Richard Morris Hunt, 2014 Fellow & Scholar

Laurent Duport and Axelle Macardier, laureats 2014Laurent Duport and Axelle Macardier at the Hôtel de Talleyrand in Paris

Laurent Duport, 25th Richard Morris Hunt Fellow

After studying at the School of Architecture in Marseille and Paris-Belleville, Laurent joined the team of Jean Nouvel, Jean Paul Viguier and Paul Andreu. Laurent is a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture in Montpellier where he created the field of study at the Masters level "Metropolis of the South" in 2009 and was responsible for the Architecture and Heritage Department.

From 1999 to 2001, he was "studio critic" for Columbia University New York/Paris program. From 1996 to 2001, he was responsible for the public opening of the Jaoul Houses built in Neuilly-sur-Seine by Le Corbusier about which he gave several lectures. He initiated the celebration "20 Years of Nemausus" and the label "Heritage of the 20th Century," for use in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. In 2010, he participated in the seminar "Conservation, Restoration of the Architecture of the Modern Movement" in Toulouse. In 2004, he participated in the European Research Seminar on "TEAM X, Buildings and Theories" in Toulouse and in 2003 the seminar "Around the CIAM IX" in Aix-en-Provence with an article on Georges Candilis.

Laurent is currently in charge of creating the RBC Design Center in Montpellier in collaboration with Jean Nouvel. Since 1995, in collaboration with Nicolas Crégut of C+D Architecture, he has participated in many competitions:

  • 2010 he won the U & U campus contest for the University of Montpellier, South of France (in conjunction with N+B Architects & Hitoshi Abe).
  • 2006 he won the competition to build the Lycée Pierre Mendès France in Montpellier.
  • 2002 he was awarded the commission to renovate the private townhouses for the Museum of Sacred Art in Pont-Saint-Esprit.
  • 2000 he won the competition for the rehabilitation of the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Montpellier.
  • 1994 he was awarded the Fellowship Electra (Electricité de France Foundation) with a project for the National Museum of Beirut.

Axelle Macardier, Second Richard Morris Hunt Scholar

This year, for the second year, the RMHF Jury also named a Richard Morris Hunt Scholar, Axelle Macardier. The RMHF Jury especially appreciated Axelle's unique and forwarding looking approach to the architectural and urban environment, her thirst for knowledge coupled with her ability to understand the issues facing our world today. Axelle's research topic will focus on a very precise urban renewal issue, "The Fate of the 19th-century Centers Surrounding Train Stations." The 2014 RMHF Scholar will receive a prize of $5,000 in order to undertake five weeks of research, in the United States, in Axelle's case.

A graduate in architecture from the Ecole de Chaillot in 2013, Axelle holds a DSA for Architecture and Heritage. As an employee in Paris at a firm of two heritage architects, she has conducted several restoration and rehabilitation projects of various scales. She has also written several papers on the role of the preservation architects at all stages of a project and written essays on doctrines in general. She is currently an assistant to the Architecte des Bâtiments de France at the Service Départemental de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in the Seine-Saint Denis area.

Richard Morris Hunt Fellow 2013, Maya Maria Forty

Maya Maria FortyThe Richard Morris Hunt Fellow 2013,
Maya Maria Forty
The Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship for 2013, honoring an American architect specialized in heritage preservation, was awarded to Maya Maria Forty, on November 13th, 2012, when the RMHF jury met in Washington, D.C. The Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship has a long tradition of exchange and mutual inspiration between France and the United States. Every year, a Franco-American Jury awards alternatively a $25,000 Prize to a French or an American architect. The fellowship benefits since 2009 from the generous financial support of Lafarge.

Maya’s research topic during her stay in France will be: “A challenge for France and the United States: Restoration and Sustainable Development, with the motto: “to preserve a building is an act of ultimate recycling”.

Maya, AIA, LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design), has a double major for her BA, in French and Art History from Mills College. She participated in the Roma Program, Palazzo Pio in Italy. In 1999, she received an MA in Architecture and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2005, Maya completed her studies with a Certificate of Conservation in Historic Buildings and Archeological Sites from Columbia University in New York City.

Hungarian in origin, Maya is fluent in English, Hungarian, French and Italian. She was always very fond of France, and spent a year studying in Avignon and Bordeaux. Thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship in 1994, Maya pursued her studies for a year in Budapest. Laureate of the US ICOMOS Summer Grant in 2002, she also conducted a workshop for UNESCO in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Richard Morris Hunt Fellow 2012, Elsa Ricaud


Elsa RicaudElsa Ricaud was the 23rd RMH Fellow. Born in 1984, Elsa graduated from the ENSA de Versailles, "Major" in her class at the Center des Hautes Études de Chaillot, master Cum Summa Laude in history of architecture and urban design at the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, member of the French Archeology Society. Elsa was unanimously selected by the RMHF Jury.

Under the direction of Francois Chatillon, president of the Compagnie des Architectes en Chef des Monuments Historiques, Elsa has been appointed as the Paris office manager in charge of the studies and works of le Grand-Palais. Her last assignments gave her the opportunity to participate in important restoration works sites, under the wing of prestigious architects such as Pierre-André Lablaude, one of the ACMH of the Chateau de Versailles, or Jacques Moulin, ACMH of the Chateau de Fontainebleau.

With a passionately curious mind, the scope of her talent unfolded in China in Shanxi as she organized for the Center des Hautes Études de Chaillot and under the guidance of Benjamin Mouton ACMH, the restoration worksite of an earth rampart. This mission is at the origin of the topic she presented to the RMHF Jury: "earthen architecture in the United States of America, from our origins to contemporary creations". Let us remember that this ancestral material shelters one third of the world population, and is available everywhere, immediately and at very low cost. Now, at this time of our great planetary housing challenge, earth has to be a source of inspiration and research for innovative construction systems, bringing answers to the problem of sustainable development.

Along the trajectory of Elsa Ricaud, the RMHF Jury recognizes an exceptional aptitude to embody a total and real dynamic of the architect.A long tradition of exchange and mutual inspiration between France and the United States Created in 1990 at the instigation of two American institutions, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and the French Heritage Society (FHS), the RMHF prize permits a Franco-American exchange of architects specializing in historic preservation. The RMHF is named for the first American architect to graduate from the Beaux-Arts school in Paris, Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895).

Richard Morris Hunt Fellow 2011, Robert J. Hotes

rmhf-2011-robert-hotesRobert J. Hotes, AIA, LEED AP, the 2011 Richard Morris Hunt Fellow, is currently an Associate and Architectural Restoration Group Leader at Klein and Hoffman,Inc., where he focuses on the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings for institutional, governmental, residential, commercial, and non-profit clients. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Philadelphia office of RMJM Hillier, where he was Senior Preservation Architect in the Preservation Architecture Practice Group, bringing with him a wide breadth of award-winning experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, as well as the thoughtful design of new buildings and additions.

Bob received a BSE in Architecture and Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he pursued additional training as a US/ICOMOS preservation intern at the Institute Spetsproyectrestavratsiya in Moscow and as an architectural conservator for a summer program at ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.

As the 2011 Richard Morris Hunt Fellow, he intends to study the approaches to “compatibility” and “differentiation” adopted by French architects and historic preservation professionals when dealing with new design in historic contexts, with a particular focus on the new and innovative construction materials and conservation techniques being developed for these circumstances. His study will explore the range of viewpoints in France on the design of additions and new construction in historic contexts, the variety of attitudes toward the pre-existing context (from stylistic continuity to striking contrast) and the various approaches and degrees to which architects and preservation professionals either conform to or challenge the issue of compatibility versus differentiation.

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