Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006
This year, architecture, art, and design are taking center stage at Columbia Global Centers | Paris, with the new series State of Grace, Rencontres 2016. Beginning in May and running through December, each event features renowned figures in their fields discussing their projects and inspiration.
The series opens on May 17 at 7 PM, with a conversation between Bernard Plattner of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Philip Wilson of SPATIALE ingénerie. Events take place in English, and are free and open to the public.
About the participants: Bernard Plattner is an Architect DPLG based at the Paris office of Renzo Piano. Born in Switzerland, he studied architecture at ETH in Zürich and started working with Piano & Rogers on the Pompidou Center. Since then, he has continued to work with Renzo Piano in the Paris office, and became a partner in 1989. A sampling of his notable projects includes: the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, the reconstruction of the Potsdamer Platz area in Berlin, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the Rue de Meaux Housing in Paris, and the New York Times Building. He also oversaw the construction of the Pathé Foundation in Paris.
He is now responsible for a number of large scale projects in Europe including the new courthouse in Paris, a mixed-use development in Vienna, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Cachan just outside Paris, and the Float office building in Düsseldorf. He became a member of the board in 2001.
Philip Wilson is the founder and principal at Spatiale engineering and is a former partner at Malishev Wilson Engineers, where he worked for 10 years. Spatiale has offices in London and Paris. Their projects provide highly creative structural design consultancy to architects, fabricators and clients in the UK, France, and overseas.
Philip was educated at Imperial College in London, and has been a consultant engineer on many prize-winning projects. He spent three years working with a structural engineer in France and eight years at Dewhurst Macfarlane before joining Malishev Wilson. He is a renowned expert on glass and facade engineering and has a number of exciting projects underway.