The architect and engineer Paul Andreu, National Grand Prix of Architecture, has just left us at the age of 80.

Paul Andreu graduated from the École Polytechnique (1958), the École nationale des Ponts et chaussées (1963) and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (1969).

From the beginning of his career, he joined Aéroports de Paris where he worked for nearly forty years. He became director and architect in charge of studies and works for all the works of Aéroports de Paris in France and the world.

Among its main achievements are Terminals 1 and 2 of Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Abu Dabi, Jakarta, Cairo, Dar Es Salaam, Brunei, Kansai in Osaka Bay, Nice, Bordeaux, and the French terminal of the Channel Tunnel. He built the Ark of the Defense from the drawings of Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, winner of the competition.

His extensive experience in the field of large airport infrastructures will make French architecture shine around the world and especially in China where he worked and stayed for more than twenty years.

He is the architect of the Oriental Art Center, a cultural complex dedicated to music, in Shanghai (2004), the Beijing Grand National Theatre (2007), the New Technology and Science Enterprising Centre in Chengdu, the Taiyuan Archaeological Museum and the Jinan Grand Theatre (2013).

More recently, it inaugurates in France (2014) with the agency Richez Associés the municipal city of Bordeaux.

Pau Andreu also developed his talents in romanesque writing, painting and theatre and ballet decoration.

He has published works on his architectural practice, including Le roman d'un chantier sur l'Opéra de Beijing and Archi-mémoires - two books translated into Chinese.  He has also written several novels, the last of which, Enfin, was published in 2014 in the Blanche collection at Éditions Gallimard.

In 2005 he created the set for Oh les beaux jours! by Samuel Beckett at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier at the Comédie-Française.

For the last ten years, Paul Andreu had developed a pictorial activity by exploring different techniques. His last exhibition took place in Beijing in 2017 (Yishu8 House): Dialogue with paper.

Paul Andreu also won the Aga Khan Prize for Architecture in 1995 and the Crystal Globe Grand Prize from the International Academy of Architecture in 2006. He had been a member of the Academy of Fine Arts since 1996.

With its disappearance French architecture in the world loses one of its greatest actors and representatives.

The Minister of Culture extends her sympathies to her family.