French architect and landscape designer Odile Decq will deliver the annual Coral Courts Lecture, titled Architecture Thinking. The lecture is taking place in conjunction with this year's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design Open House.
Decq came to international renown in 1990 when she won her first major commission, La Banque Populaire de l'Ouest headquarters in Rennes, France. Since then, she has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Her early and unusual career was acknowledged in 1996 by the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. Other than just a style or an attitude, Decq's work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design, and art. Her multidisciplinary approach was recently recognized in 2016 with the Jane Drew Prize and with the Prix Femme Architecte in 2013.
Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years, a commitment ratified by the opening in 2014 of her own school in Lyon, France.