Jean Nouvel was born in Fumel (France) in 1945.
He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was a founding member of the Mars 1976 movement and the French Architecture Union.
His work has gained worldwide recognition through many awards, including the Aga Khan Prize for the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Venice Biennale’s Leone d’Oro, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan’s Fine Arts Association, the Borromini Prize (for the KKL Culture and Conference Centre in Lucerne), Israel’s Wolf Foundation’s annual prize, the International Highrise Award (for Barcelona’s Torre Agbar), the Pritzker Prize. His French awards include the Gold Medal of the Academy of Architecture, two Équerres d’Argent and the National Grand Prize for Architecture.
His projects include the Institut du Monde Arabe (1987), Lyon’s Opera House (1993), the Cartier Foundation in Paris (1994), Galeries Lafayette in Berlin (1996), the KKL in Lucerne (2000), the Dentsu Tower (2002), Torre Agbar (2005), Madrid’s Queen Sofía Arts Center extension (2005), the Quai Branly museum (2006), the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (2006), the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen (2009), One New Change in London (2010), 100 11th Avenue in New York City (2010), the Doha Tower (2012), Montpellier’s City Hall (2012), the Philharmonie de Paris (2015).
His current projects include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the National Museum of Qatar, 53W53 in New York.
In the field of design, starting from 1987 Jean Nouvel has developed several collections, and created the company Jean Nouvel Design (JND) in 1995. He has designed more than 100 objects and furniture items.
In 2016, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs invited him to present his design work (Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte).