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2017 Theme: Concret Abstrait (concrete/abstract)

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. The theme of the 2017 session, which will serve as a conceptual touchpoint for the weekly projects is Concret Abstrait (concrete/abstract).

Architecture students
In Fontainebleau, workshops, lectures, visits and studios will be organized. Formal art disciplines such as drawing, watercolor, graphic design and theatre design will be practiced during the session.

Highlights of the Session Include

  • 5 days of study in Paris
  • 4 week-long studios in Fontainebleau
  • 4 days in Burgundy

Dates and Basic Information

The 2017 Summer Session runs June 29–August 4, 2017.

Accommodation and Meals

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You will be lodged within walking distance from the Chateau, either in a dormitory or with a French family. Monday through Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided — other meals are on your own. For more details about accommodations, travel to Fontainebleau, and more see Info for Students.

Background

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.

Setting

Architecture students
Located 60 kilometers southeast of Paris, the Chateau Fontainebleau is designated as a Unesco World Heritage site. The Chateau, a former residence of both kings and emperors, was built on the premises of a royal hunting lodge erected prior to the 12th century. For over 700 years the site has displayed the most glowing example of French architecture, sculpture, painting, decorating and landscaping. This serves to justify the title that Napoleon gave to the Chateau: “The House of the Centuries.” Student housing and restaurants are in the town of Fontainebleau, which is surrounded by one of the most beautiful forests in France.

Program

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.

Student Selection

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Students are recruited from around the world with a majority coming from US Universities. Selection criteria are based on application materials, portfolio works and references. Each year the school selects between 15 and 25 Fine Arts students with diverse backgrounds and aptitudes. The common denominator is an ability to conceptualize and to communicate easily through drawing and visual media.

Eligibility

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.

Credits

Architecture students
Most universities grant academic credits for courses offered at Fontainebleau — each institution determines the number of credits. Fontainebleau issues a certificate at the end of the program. School credit value in the US has varied between institutions and students. Each of the first four weeks includes 1.0 studio credit, 30 hours/week and 0.3 lecture or field trip credits, 5 hours/week. The field trips are worth 0.8 credit. The total credit value has been estimated at 6.0 units. Transcripts are furnished to the students at their request or at the request of their institutions.

Language

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

Architecture students
Architecture students, photo Anne Scheou
Culminating the five-week program, the “Premier Prix de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Fontainebleau” will be awarded. This Fellowship gives the recipient the opportunity to join the faculty during the following summer session as a teaching assistant and subsequently to spend three months in the heart of Paris with a studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Previous Premier Prix recipients include Ron Witte ('83), Tom Sheehan ('85), Christine Reinke ('88), Paul Lewis ('91), Amanda Sachs ('99), Garth Goldstein ('04), Nicholas Quiring ('05), Ben Martinson ('06), Chiew-Hong Tan ('07) and Wendy Fok ('08). Other Fontainebleau alumni include Charles Moore ('56), William Turnbull ('56) and Tony Tappe.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Generous scholarships are available based on merit and the quality of the application materials submitted.

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Faculty

Please note that the faculty is subject to change.

Anthony Béchu
 
Director, École des Beaux-Arts
Anthony Béchu
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A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts, Anthony Béchu enrolled in the École de Chaillot‘s historical preservation program, and received a master’s degree from the UCMA. He later completed a dissertation on Yemen architecture. As a professional practitioner, his work includes the headquarters for Balzac Saint-Honoré, the Journal l’Indépendant, along with the Olympia and Edouard VII neighborhood and other projects in Vietnam, China and Turkey. He regularly teaches architecture courses at the École Supérieure des Travaux Public. ■

Nicolas Bonnenfant
Landscape Architect
Armelle Chatriot
Sculptor
Antonio Frausto
 
Antonio Frausto
Architect
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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. ■

Amandine Gallienne
Coloriste
Fabrice Imbrosciano
Architect
Anne-Françoise Jumeau
Architect
Jean-Guy Lecat
 
Jean-Guy Lecat
Scene Designer
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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. ■

Pablo Lorenzino
 
Pablo Lorenzino
Urban Architect
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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. ■

Tarik Oualalou
Urban Architect
Mireille Roddier
 
Mireille Roddier
Architect
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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
 
Anne Scheou
Architect
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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. ■

Nicholas Stanos
Architect

Guest Teachers

Vincent Cochet
Curator
Vincent Droguet
Chief Curator
Dominique Jakob
Architect
Rachid Khimoune
Sculptor
Daniel Leclerc
Architect
François Leclercq
Urban Architect
Bertrand Lemoine
Urban Architect
Bruno Mantovani
Composer, Director CNSM de Paris
Philippe Niez
Landscape Architect
Patrick Ponsot
Architect ACMH
Jean-Pierre Porcher
Photographer
 

Apply

Apply for the Summer Session 2017

You can apply for the 2017 Summer Session through April 1, 2017. Click here to apply. Questions? Contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org.

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 $50

If admitted, tuition is due by June 15, 2017 by check payable to Fontainebleau Associations, sent to:

Fontainebleau Associations
PO Box 66
Wayne, PA 19087
USA

Fees

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.

Questions?

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)

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