Anne Lacaton


Monday 13 November 2023 6.30pm
Toward a Domestic City – Superonda talk n°3

This third event in the Superonda lecture series, organised by Professor Sophie Delhay, will focus on the theme of sobriety. In search of a habitat that fights for the climate without fighting seasonality.

Living is the greatest issue in contemporary architecture, but also the most critical. Housing standards in cities are becoming smaller and smaller, too restricted, subject to land pressure and speculation, and access to housing increasingly difficult and exclusive. Yet to live in a house is to experience pleasure, generosity and the freedom to occupy a space.


Anne Lacaton (born August 2, 1955) is a French architect and educator.She was born in Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière and graduated in architecture from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage de Bordeaux and received a master in urban planning from the University of Bordeaux. In 1989, she formed Lacaton & Vassal with Jean-Philippe Vassal.Lacaton & Vassal received the Grand prix national de l’architecture in 2008, a Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship in 2009. a Rolf Schock Prize in the Visual Arts in 2014 and the Heinrich Tessenow Medal in 2016.Lacaton & Vassal designed the Palais de Tokyo gallery in Paris. In partnership with Frédéric Druot, the firm redesigned a housing tower in Paris, the Tour Bois-le-Prêtre; the project was awarded Design of the Year by the Design Museum in England.Lacaton has been visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, at Harvard University, at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid and at the GSD Studio in Paris. She has held the Clarkson Chair in Architecture at the University at Buffalo.