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Claude Parent

1923- 2016, Né et défunt à Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Claude Parent (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1923 – Neuilly-sur-Seine, 2016) was a French architect and theoretician. He enrolled in 1942 at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but did not obtain his architecture diploma.

Through articles, books, magnificent manifesto drawings, and numerous realized projects, he rethought our understanding and apprehension of space. For Claude Parent, it was imperative to impose art in society and in architecture. In the 1970s, he was approached by EDF (Electricité de France) to imagine the master plan for future nuclear power plants in France, earning him the nickname “the architect of nuclear.” Many of his drawings are part of the collection of the FRAC Centre (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain).