Éric Lapierre is an architect and theoretician of architecture, a founder and principal of Éric Lapierre Experience (ELEx), a Paris based organization that coordinates both practice and writing. Since 1998 he teaches design and theory of architecture at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Sciences-Po Paris (2001-2006). He is regularly invited to work in foreign schools at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Université de Montréal (UdM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), KU Leuven in Ghent, ETH in Zurich. Lapierre has edited Identification d’une ville – Architectures de Paris (2002), Guide d’architecture de Paris 1900-2008 (2008), Le Point du Jour A Concrete Architecture (2011) and Architecture Of The Real (2004).
Eric Lapierre Experience is an organization that brings together three activity of Eric Lapierre: architecture (ELA) ; writing/ publishing/ curating exhibitions; performances (ELT)/ sound productions (ELS). EL Architecture is devoted to the study of architectural and urban projects. EL Text brings together the activities of writing, publishing and exhibition curating, as the case may be, also production, publishing and distribution. EL Sound designs and organizes performances in buildings built by ELA, and publishes audio and video recordings that document them.
Founded in 2000, the office designs regularly awarded projects of all scales: collective housing, single-family houses, museums, art centers, music rooms, schools, interior design, urban studies. It has about fifteen collaborators, and works with many external specialists who intervene from the initial phases of the projects.
ELA invests part of its turnover in the non-commercial financing of artistic activities (writing, photography, music, cinema) whose appearance would be made difficult by the usual rules of the market. Éric Lapierre considers architecture to be an issue of time and its forms as a process of adjustment to the different needs of the passing epochs: "Our task is to do things which always remain constant in different ways. In other words, we adjust to new needs and to our legitimate striving towards innovation."
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