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LAN (Local Architecture Network) was created by Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano in 2002, with the idea of exploring architecture as an area of activity at the intersection of several disciplines. This attitude has developed into a methodology enabling LAN to explore new territories and forge a vision encompassing social, urban, ecological, functional and aesthetic and economic questions. The firm’s projects give shape to this universe at different scales and through very diverse programs.

LAN is in charge of the redevelopment of the Grand Palais in Paris, the construction of the Maillon Theater in Strasbourg, the development and coordination of new neighborhoods in Bordeaux and Nantes and the construction of one of the highest wooden Buildings in France. With the belief that practice must be nurtured through research and theory, the firm is an active participant in debates around architecture. Umberto Napolitano was admitted to the French Academy of Architecture in 2016 and taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York. He is a regular speaker at conferences in Europe, the United States and Asia. In 2016, LAN represented France at the 15th edition of the Venice Bienniale of Architecture and the following year was scientific curator of the Paris Haussmann, a Model’s Relevance exhibition. The firm’s has received many prizes and awards both in France and internationally.

In 2004, the firm was included in the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA). In 2009, LAN received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the Archi-Bau Award, the Special Prize at the 12th World Triennale of Architecture in Sofia, and in 2010, the AR Mipim Future Projects Award and the Europe 40 Under 40 Award. In 2011 the firm was awarded at the LEAF Awards, the SAIE Selection Awards, and the Special Prize AMO Fondation d’Entreprise Excellence SMA. LAN won the silver medal at the Fassa Bortolo International Prize for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. In 2013, a Commendation for the Civic Trust Awards, the WAN Residential Award and first prize for BigMat France were conferred on LAN. In 2014, the Euravenir Tower was nominated for the Prix de l’Équerre d’Argent and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2015, the EDF Archives Centre was nominated for the Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, and the Neue Hamburger Terrassen received the International Architecture Awards (Chicago Athenaeum) and the Carl Friedrich Fischer Preis 2014 – Humanes wohnen. That same year, the French Academy of Architecture gave LAN the Le Soufaché Award.

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Benoit Jallon

Born in Grenoble on May, 18 1972

Benoit Jallon (Grenoble, 1972) studied architecture at the École d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette in 2001 with honours. He embarked on a number of trips abroad to enrich his career path and founded LAN (Local Architecture Network) with Umberto Napolitano, sharing the desire to build close ties with other disciplines in the arts and urban development that lie outside the traditional sphere of architecture, with the aim of nurturing vigorous debate and flouting the rules that appear to govern their profession. They have maintained this approach since founding the firm, and as a result, LAN has been able to embrace a wide range of typologies, face new problems and challenges, and realize new ambitions each time they build.

Benoit’s passion for his profession as an architect is also characterized by his commitment to working together, to the human element that embodies and sustains the process of architectural creation. He was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018.

Umberto Napolitano

Born in Naples on November, 27 1975

Umberto Napolitano (Naples, 1975) studied architecture at the Università Federico II in Naples and then at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. Founder of LAN (Local Architecture Network) with Benoit Jallon in 2002, he also conducts a theoretical work through research projects, exhibitions and conferences all around the world.

Umberto was professor at the Columbia University GSAPP of New York (USA) and currently teaches at the AA (Architecture Association) School of Architecture in London (UK). He is a member of the French Academy of Architecture since 2016 and was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018.