Stéphanie Bru graduated in 1999 in Paris and founded the architectural office Bruther in 2007 with her partner Alexandre Theriot. In-between they both worked for the French architect Jacques Ferrier prior undertaking a research on Tokyo’s mobility infrastructures (JP, 2006).
For more than ten years now, Bruther works in the fields of architecture, research, education, urbanism and landscape. Their projects suggest a delicate balance between strategy and form, rigor and freedom, specific and generic, immediacy and evolutivity in order to respond various contemporaries stakes, let them be social, urban, economical. Amongst their built production we can find the New Generation Research Center in Caen (FR, 2015), Social Housing Units in Paris (FR, 2017), a Residence for Researchers in Paris (FR, 2018) or the New Building for the life sciences on the UNIL-EPFL in Lausanne (CH, 2016-2021).
Architecture, whether taught or practiced will be addressed in this lecture as a series of investigations taking place in many fields, on various themes, with numerous objectives, tools, methods…
Architecture teaching will be thought as the undertaking of several of these investigations.
More specifically, we (Bruther) are part of a new generation of architects post “archi-star” that emerges in the margins of the market. We are part of those that claim for a less ostentatious architecture, less dependent of the author figure. An architecture that calls for an approach based on evidence and restraint. As we started to build in the first decade of the XXIst century, the crisis context forced us to define new stakes, apart from the hitherto predominant ones in the field of architecture. We were led to show off economy; economy of means and economy of gesture. For us, the produced contemporary architecture must be able to answer our time’s stakes and must be able to fulfill as much as possible people’s needs.