Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, pays tribute to Yves Boiret, architect and urban planner, member of the Academy of Architecture (1974), who died on 25 March 2018.
Trained at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Yves Boiret was awarded the Chief Architect of Historic Monuments competition in 1963.
Inspector General of Historical Monuments in Paris and Ile-de-France, he was a member of the Commission supérieure des Monuments historiques and the Commissions supérieur des Sites et des environs. He was also an architect expert at the Paris Court of Appeal.
Yves Boiret taught at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at the Centre d'Etudes supérieures d'Histoire et de Conservation des Monuments anciens at the Palais de Chaillot. He has also been a lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain, the Restauro in Rome and the National School of Heritage.
Among the many restoration projects he has conducted: the Abbatial Palace of St-Germain-des-Prés (Paris); the cathedrals of Beauvais, Senlis, Reims, Toulouse; the convent of the Jacobins and the basilica of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse; the convent of the Val-de-Grâce in Paris; the Domaine de Chantilly; the Château de Vincennes …
He was also responsible for the development of museums in Toulouse, Troyes, Beauvais, Senlis, Chambéry, and Annecy, as well as numerous urban developments such as those in Paris at Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Place Sorbonne, as well as that of Place Laveran, in front of the Val de Grâce.
UNESCO and the Council of Europe have entrusted him with many missions abroad. He has worked on the site of Angkor and the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, but also in Latvia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Monaco, Argentina, Cologne (cathedral) and Canada. Yves Boiret had a very high idea of his mission. Throughout his fine career, he made the choices he had to make on each of his major projects to preserve and transmit in his integrity this architectural heritage that is our common good.
The Minister of Culture sends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.