Paul Chemetov

Paul Chemetov (born 10 october 1928) is a French architect and urbanist. He is best known for his collaborations with Borja Huidobro.

Paul Chemetov
Born (1928-10-12) October 12, 1928
Alma materÉcole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
  • Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment (France),
  • French Embassy in New Delhi,
  • Arènes de Metz
DesignMéridienne verte


Chemetov was born in Paris on 6 September 1928. As a student, he belonged to the Union of Communist Students. He graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 1959. Chemetov taught at the École des Ponts ParisTech until 1989, at which time he switched to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. In 1961, he joined the AAU. He has designed several buildings with Borja Huidobro (b. 1936, Santiago, Chile) since 1983.[1] Chemetov has received several awards and honors including the Grand prix national de l'architecture (1980), Officer of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Officer of the Ordre national du Mérite. Chemetov is the father of landscape architect Alexandre Chemetoff, who won the Grand Prix de l'urbanisme in 2000. He also has two daughters Marianne - who married to famous cinematographer Darius Khondji and Agnès Chemetoff.

Partial works

In 1960–64, Chemetov worked on the housing complex in Vigneux.[2] From 1981–88 he worked on the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment, one of the Grands Projets of François Mitterrand, with Huidobro[3] From 1982–1985 he worked on the French Embassy in New Delhi, India, with Borja Huidobro[4][5] and in December 1982 won the Ministry of Finances competition.[4] In 1983, Chemetov designed the public housing building at 5, Promenade du Marquis de Rays, Canal District in Courcouronnes (Essonne).[1] In 1988 he designed the Fontaines du Ministère in Paris[6] and from 1989–1994 was responsible for the renovation of the main gallery of the evolution of the National Museum of Natural History, with Huidobro.[7] In 1992 Chemetov was responsible for the development of a tram from Bobigny to Saint-Denis and in 1994 worked on the library-media center at Évreux, with Huidobro.[8] In 1999 he designed the Méridienne verte, in 2000 he designed the public library at Montpellier, with Huidobro and in 2001 designed the Arènes de Metz, with Huidobro. In 2001 he worked on the public library at Châlons-en-Champagne.[9]


  1. Amsoneit, Wolfgang; Jodidio, Philip; Meyhöfer, Dirk (24 November 1995). Contemporary European architects. Taschen. p. 171. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. Stanek, Lukasz (1 August 2011). Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory. U of Minnesota Press. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-0-8166-6616-4. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. Hughes, Alex (12 October 2001). Encyclopedia of contemporary French culture. Taylor & Francis. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-0-415-26354-2. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  4. France. Mission interministérielle de coordination des grandes opérations d'architecture et d'urbanisme (1987). Architectures capitales: Paris, 1979-1989. Electa Moniteur. p. 188. ISBN 9782866530419. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  5. The Architects' journal, Volume 183. The Architectural Press. 1986. p. 12. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  6. Marcouyau, Hughes; Levadé, Marie-Hélène (2006). Les fontaines de Paris: l'eau pour le plaisir. éditions chapitre douze. p. 355. ISBN 978-2-915345-05-6. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  7. Time Out Guides Ltd (22 February 2005). Time Out Paris. Time Out Guides. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-904978-30-5. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  8. Futagawa, Yukio (2006). Library. A.D.A. Edita. pp. 214–6. ISBN 978-4-87140-573-7. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  9. Maríe-Françoise Bisbrouck, ed. (2004). Libraries as places: buildings for the 21st century : Proceedings of the Thirteenth Seminar of IFLA's Library Buildings and Equipment section together with IFLA's Public Libraries Section, Paris, France, 28 July-1 August 2003. K. G. Saur. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
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