Manuelle Gautrand set up her office in 1991 and she has handled all kinds of projects, ranging from housing and offices to cultural buildings, business premises and leisure facilities for 20 years. The ‘C42’ Citroën flagship showroom building, at the Champs-Elysée Avenue in Paris, has contributed to making a name for herself within the public realm and on the International stage.
Some of her artworks feature in the Parisian museums ‘Centre Pompidou’ and ‘la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine’s collections. Exhibitions presenting the work of her office include the International Biennale of Architecture in Venice and many museums in France and abroad. Several monographic exhibitions have been already dedicated to her work, one of which, and the most recent one in Tel-Aviv in 2009 (Israel).
Some of her projects have earned distinctions in France and abroad (World Architecture News,
Contract World Award, Pyramide d’Argent, prix AMO, AJA, etc…). Monographs on her output have been published in many countries, and reports on her projects appear regularly in the press. Manuelle Gautrand has also been distinguished by national institutions, such as ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’ and ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’.
The office’s events are the delivery of several major French buildings, including the ‘LaM’ – Lille museum of modern, contemporary and outsider art, ‘la Cité des Affaires’ in Saint-Etienne and the restructuring and conversion of the old theatre ‘Gaîté Lyrique’ to turn it into an interactive platform for 21st century music and arts.