Benjamin Mouton – The Conservation of Historic Monuments in France

Lecture date: 2013-03-15

This lecture is in collaboration with the French British Union of Architects (FBUA).

French-born Benjamin Mouton (1948) has led a distinguished career as an architect specialising in historic monuments. Since 1980, he has worked on various studies and projects – among them, directing the restoration work on the historic monuments of the Finistere and Morbihan (1980–1987), the Eure (1987–1993) and the Eure et Loir (1987–1994) departments.

He is currently responsible for the Hotel National des Invalides, the Val de Grace, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts and the cathedral of Notre‐Dame de Paris. A former president of ICOMOS France (2000–2006) and of the Academie d’Architecture (2005–2008), he now oversees numerous international projects (ICOMOS Executive Committee, UNESCO Expert) and has participated in many national and international congresses.

Since 1993, he has served as associate professor at the Ecole de Chaillot, where he is responsible for the coordination of the Department of Architecture. Having created the joint workshops in 1994, he oversaw workshops (in Romania, Scotland, China and Greece) and also teaches in schemes organised by the school in Sofia, Damascus and Rabat. He is Knight of the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur and an officer in both the Ordre National du Merite and the Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Additionally, Mouton is Commandeur of the Merite Culturel Roumain and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.



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