Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art continues its 2015-16 Lecture Series with a presentation by renowned French architect Jose Oubrerie on Friday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.
An author and professor emeritus at Ohio State University’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Oubrerie was the last protégé of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, a.k.a. Le Corbusier—one of the pioneers of modern architecture and design.
During his presentation, which is free and open to the public, Oubrerie will speak about his life and career.
Oubrerie studied at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes, France, before focusing on architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superiéure des Beaux-Arts in the 1950s.
He began his professional career working as an assistant to Le Corbusier in 1957 and continued until 1965, collaborating on several of Le Corbusier’s last buildings. These included the Brazil Pavilion, Hotel d’Orsay, the Strasbourg Convention Center, the Olivetti offices and factories in Milan, the Venice Hospital, the Zurichhorn Pavillion, and the Firminy Church. Oubrerie became a registered architect in 1970 after establishing his own practice and home in Paris.
Oubrerie’s résumé encompasses many prestigious works of his own. These include
• the Miller Residence in Lexington, Kentucky, which received the Honor Award for Architectural Excellence from AIA Kentucky,
• the French Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria, which won the Quality of Public Constructions Prize of the Ministry of Construction, Paris,
• and the reconstruction of Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau exhibit hall in Bologna, Italy.
Oubrerie also directed the realization of Le Corbusiers final vision, the church of Saint-Pierre de Firminy in France. Completed in 2006, it is considered a masterpiece of concrete, form, and light.
The NU School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.