Éric Lapierre (b. Tarbes, 1966) is architect, teacher, theoretician, writer, and curator. He has studied in School of Architecture Paris-Belleville. He has founded and runs ÉLEX (Éric Lapierre Experience) in Paris in 2000. This award-winning firm has been recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of the tectonic objects it builds, but as well for the theoretical dimension of its production. ÉLEX builds in France and Europe. The last buildings are Le Point du Jour art center in Cherbourg ; Chris Marker student residence and buses amenity in Paris ; logistics platform in Toulouse.
Éric Lapierre is professor in École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (ÉPFL) and in École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture (ENSA) in Marne-la-Vallée Paris-Est. He teaches both project design and theory. He has taught at Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (2012-2015), in UQAM (2013) and UdM (2014) in Montréal, and at Sint Lukas in Ghent (2015).
He regularly publishes articles and books about the contemporary condition of architecture. Among them Architecture of the Real (2003); Paris, Architecture Guide 1900-2008 (2008), also available as an app on App Store Guide Paris Archi ; Le Point du Jour – A Concrete Architecture (2008) ; Éric Lapierre – If the Form Vanishes its Roots are Eternal (2018). Economy of Means – How Architecture Works ? - will be available in October 2019 as the catalogue of the exhibition Lapierre curates as his personal contribution for the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.
He is currently chief curator for the fifth Lisbon Triennial of Architecture (October-December 2019) that he has entitled Poetics of Reason and that aims at defining the specificity of the rationality of architecture.
Éric Lapierre is also involved in performance through the production of concerts in his construction sites – he works regularly with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Magik Markers, Six Organs of Admittance, Jean-François Pauvros, Jean-Marc Montera, Theo Hakola, among many others.
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