Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, welcomes the success of this great popular event dedicated to the enhancement of contemporary architecture. “Whether it is work or housing, exchange or transportation, ecological transition or solidarity, recreation or education, whether these spaces are urban or rural, private or public, architecture is a major societal issue.”

This year, the National Days of Architecture highlighted architectural projects that combine contemporary creation and built heritage. 

Walk the streets of his city, open the doors of an architectural agency to exchange with professionals, visit bioclimatic houses or rehabilitated buildings, become familiar with the new modes of architectural construction, (re)discover the contemporary achievements that make up our daily lives: during these three days, the public was numerous to enjoy the hundreds of animations that were offered to it throughout the territory. He was thus able to measure the value and richness of contemporary architecture.

Friday, October 18, was the first edition of the “Look up!” organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Youth. On this occasion, the youngest were able to take an enlightened look at the buildings that make up their daily lives, to become familiar with the act of building, and perhaps even to see a future vocation born in them.

Franck Riester would like to warmly thank all the architects who opened their doors and their achievements, and present their craft.

He also welcomes the involvement of private owners who at the instigation of Architecture À Vivre have proposed to visit their homes. 

The Minister thanks all those who contributed to the success of this new edition of the National Days of Architecture: the City of Architecture & Heritage, the National Council and the Regional Councils of the Order of Architects, the National Federation of Councils of Architecture, Urban Planning and Environment, the Network of Houses of Architecture, the Network of Cities and Countries of Art and History, the National Higher Schools of Architecture.

This edition also benefited from the support of À Vivre, the Caisse des dépôts group, the Mutuelle des architectes français (MAF), Phenix stories, 20 minutes, France Télévisions, France Inter, tema.archi and Maison à Part.

In 2020, the 5e National Architecture Days will be held on 16, 17 and 18 October.