Recent Lecture: Odile Decq

Thu Sep 26, 6pm @ EMPAC.


Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and academic. She is the director of the Paris firm, Studio Odile Decq, previously known as Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architectes Urbanistes or ODBC Architectes.

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After graduating in architecture in 1978, Decq received a Diploma in Urbanism and Planning from the Institute of Political Science in Paris in 1979. After running her own agency for a number of years, she created a partnership with Benoît Cornette in 1985, establishing the architecture firm ODBC. The two buildings they completed for the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes (1990) brought them numerous awards and international recognition. Other notable projects were social housing buildings in Paris and a motorway bridge for the A14 at Nanterre, which included a motorway management centre suspended underneath the bridge.

Working on her own Studio Odile Decq since 1998, she won the competition for an expansion to Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2001. In 2004, she was also successful in receiving a commission for the Regional Contemporary Art Fund building in Rennes. She also designed the restaurant L’Opéra at Opera Garnier in Paris, in 2011.

Since 1992, Odile Decq has been a professor at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris where she was elected head of the Department of Architecture in 2007

The architecture firm ODBC received the Golden Lion Award for their contributions to architecture at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1996. Odile Decq became a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003 and received the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007.

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