Architects: Biography Dominique Coulon et associés


Dominique COULON was born in 1961. In 1989, he graduated with the professor and architect Henri Ciriani and he created his own studio.
In 1990, he received a special prize for the international compétition of The Japan Culture House in Paris. In 1991, he was the winner of « la Villa Medicis hors les murs » and travelled to USA, South America and Europe.
In 1996, he received the « 1ère œuvre » prize for the collège Pasteur in Strasbourg. He was nominated for the prize list of the « Equerre d’Argent » in 1999 , 2002 and 2006 and in 2006 he received  the prize « Florilège d'Etablissements d'Enseignement Exemplaires du PEB », organized by OCDE for the Martin Peller school in Reims.
In 2008, his agency was nominated for the Swiss Architectural Award, for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and for the Mies van der Rohe Award (in regard to its Centre Dramatique Nartional de Montreuil).
Sustainable development, respect for historical context and responsibility towards the environment are the main values of the agency.
In parallel to his architectural production, Dominique Coulon teached at the Ecole d’Architecture of Strasbourg where he founded the Masters program: Architecture and Complexity.
As a way to find a new dynamic approach for every architectural project, the agency method draws upon the rich exchange of information stemming interdisciplinary work. Complexity becomes the catalyst for the architectural project.
In 2008, Sarah BREBBIA and Olivier NICOLLAS joined the agency as associates and  this became "Dominique Coulon et Associés".
In 2010, the agency received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for its Conservatory of Music in Maizières-les-Metz.
It also received the Prize for Libraries: its Media Center in Anzin was awarded by the french magazine Livres Hebdo as the "most beautiful interior space".