2019 Theme: Biomimicry
With a history dating back to 1921, the Fontainebleau Schools have hosted over 10,000 international students of music, composition, fine arts, and architecture. This intensive summer session is open to architecture students who are interested in the traditional media of visual and narrative communication, and who want to explore new ways of combining architectural traditions with contemporary experimental urbanism and landscape design.
Highlights of the Session Include
- 5 days of study in Paris
- 4 week-long studios in Fontainebleau
- 4 days tour to architectural sites in France
Dates and Basic Information
The 2019 Summer Session runs July 3 - August 9, 2019.
Accommodation and Meals
The program for architects begins in Paris with seminars and visits over 5 days, which will prepare the students for the following weeks in Fontainebleau. During these 4 weeks, workshops, lectures, visits and studios will be in and around the Chateau Fontainebleau. A 4-day final trip around the French countryside will acquaint students with some of the finest masterpieces of French art and architecture, both historic and contemporary.
Since 1923, The Fontainebleau Schools have brought together different artistic disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing, thinking and making architecture. The presence of the American Conservatory represents a remarkable opportunity for the design students to explore the relationship between architecture and music, develop collaborative projects with composers, or simply enjoy listening to rehearsals and concerts. Architecture and music students live, dine, and work together. Housing and meals are provided within walking distance from the Chateau. In addition to artistic pursuits, a variety of French social, cultural activities are arranged for both architecture and music students.
The program is open to International and American graduate students in architecture or related arts, to undergraduate students with outstanding portfolios in architectural design and also to young professionals, five or less years out of school. Enrollment is limited to 25 full time students for the 5½ weeks.
All courses and design studios are held in English, but French is often spoken and translated during lectures, visits and juries.
The First Prize Fellowship
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Generous scholarships are available based on merit and the quality of the application materials submitted.
Please note that the faculty is subject to change.
“Born in 1950, Anthony Bechu, architect DPLG, graduated in 1976 from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts”, and then obtained a Masters Degree in History and Historical Monuments Conservation at the “Ecole de Chaillot” in 1981. He is an active member in the Paris Academy of Architecture, the Architectural Heritage Association, and the National Academy of Technologies of France. He tought at the École Spéciale des Travaux Publics (ESTP) and is the Director of the Fontainebleau American schools. He was recently given the title of "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".
Passionate about history and the identity of places, his contemporary architectural research finds its sources in the analysis and comprehension of cultures, morphologies and context.
Among his most remarkable works, mention may be made of the D2 tower in Paris la Défense, the rehabilitation of the Hôtel Dieu in Marseille; or the university of Chinese elites in Beijing.
His belief is the importance to ‘relink histories’ : acknowledge and process the past to find innovative eco-responsible regenerative strategies that answer at best to today’s need without compromising our future needs.” ■
Born in Mexico, Antonio Frausto followed a family tradition in studying both architecture and fine arts. He graduated from Mexico National University and has developed both activities through various art exhibitions and architectural projects. In 2003, he joined Arte Charpentier in Paris to contribute to international competitions.He has been teaching at Mexico University, and is presently visiting teacher at Paris-Belleville Architecture School. He is also leading “Arte Dialogue”, an exchange media between architects and visual arts. ■
Jean-Guy Lecat has been a theatre and set designer for over 35 years; he has taken part in the design, transformation, and creation of more than 200 theatres around the world. As a design consultant, he has worked with many architects, including Frank Gehry, on projects in France, Portugal, Norway, the United States, England, and Italy. As a set designer, he also has an international reputation, having designed sets for productions all over Europe. In addition, Jean-Guy runs international theatre-design workshops which draw directors, architects, set-designers, and students. ■
Born in Argentina in 1962, Pablo Lorenzino is a talented architect. He has worked with Jean Gino Valle, Jean Paul Viguier, Jean François Jodry Professor in the University of Buenos Aires between 1991 and 1995 (Architectural Design 4th and 6th year school), he is now working in France in the office of Anthony Bechu, and has been an Assistant Professor at ESTP University (Paris State Engineering School). He has been teaching at Fontainebleau since 2004. ■
Mireille Roddier holds an M.Arch from the University of California Berkeley and has practiced and built in the Bay Area. She received the William B. Sanders Fellowship from the University of Michigan where she became an assistant professor. Winner of the Gabriel Prize 2000, her drawings, watercolors and renderings have been included in numerous architectural publications and exhibits. ■
Anne Scheou is a licensed architect with a practice in Paris. She received a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. Her professional work began in Tokyo where she worked under Itsuko Hasegawa before joining Shigeru Ban’s office as a senior architect and project manager. She has collaborated on the design and development of several cultural facilities and housing projects in both Japan and France, notably the Centre Pompidou in Metz. While living in Japan she conducted architecture workshops and design studios at Meiji University as an adjunct professor. In France, she has taught at the ENSA of Paris-La Villette, the ENSA of Versailles, the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture and the ENSA of Bretagne. She is an associate professor currently teaching introductory design studio and thesis students at the ENSA of Nancy. ■
Daniel Vaniche is a graduate of the École Polytechnique, and also graduated from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. He has worked for several years with Marc Mimram and especially has been the project manager of many significant European projects, including the Solférino Bridge in Paris (between the Louvre and Orsay museums). His works as engineer and designer have most of the time been a partnership with major architects over Europe, Africa and also Asia. He is professor of Architecture at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. ■
Apply for the Summer Session 2019
You must submit the following:
- CV/Résumé with contact info and previous schools and experience
- A portfolio with at least 3 hand drawings and 1 comprehensive architecture project in A4 landscape format
- Official transcript of academic record from your university
- 1 letter of recommendation
- 1 passport-style photo
- Non-refundable application fee of $75
If admitted, tuition is due by June 15, 2019 by check payable to Fontainebleau Associations, sent to:
PO Box 66
Wayne, PA 19087
Fees for the full session are $4,500 and includes lodging, meals and excursions/visits, instruction, and some materials. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are served 5 days a week. The fee also includes room and board during the travel portion. The fee does not include travel to France. Full scholarships are available based on merit.
In the US please contact our American representative Nicholas Stanos (tel: 917-620-8595)
Outside of the US, please contact our French representative Catherine Delloye (tel. +33 (0)6 07 82 28 71)