Odile Decq set up her own office just after graduating at La Villette in 1978 while
studying at Sciences Politiques Paris where she completed a post-graduate
diploma in Urban Planning in 1979. International renown came quickly; as early
as 1990 she won her first major commission: the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in
Rennes. The numerous prizes and publications that distinguished the building
underlined the emergence of a new hope directly born from the punk rebellion
which turned old conventions upside down. By questioning the commission, the
use, the matter, the body, the technique and the taste Odile Decq’s architecture
offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe on today’s world. She was
awarded with a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996. Since then, Odile Decq has been
faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research.
She completed the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010,
the Opera Garnier’s restaurant in Paris in 2011 and just completed the FRAC
(Museum of Contemporary Art in Rennes) last July 2012.
Studio Odile Decq
photo credit: Markus Deutschmann