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About

TITAN was founded in 2011 by Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau, and Romain Pradeau. Their approach is characterised by a commitment to create simple and functional architecture harmoniously integrated into its environment. Born through the evocation of the distinctive industrial past of the city of Nantes, the name of the firm refers to the old docks on the Loire River, which are an integral part of its history. Addressing current challenges and future needs, their body of work includes residential, cultural and educational projects, as well as civic and technical buildings.

The office won international awards such as AJAP 2018, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, 40 under 40, organised by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum, and was selected for the Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes Ligériens in 2011. TITAN was finalist at the AR Emerging Awards 2018 by the Architectural Review and has been nominated for the French architecture award Équerre d’argent 2019. The office received two nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2022 with the Welcome pavilion in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard and the National museum Clemenceau. Dedicated to the life and work of Georges Clemenceau, the National museum Clemenceau in Mouilleron-en-Pareds is recognised as ‘Maison des Illustres’ and has been shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2020 – the most prestigious museum award in Europe. In 2021, the practice is honoured with the Médaille d’architecture, Prix Delarue by the Académie d’Architecture, awarded to young architects under the age of 40 who have demonstrated exceptional talent.

Over the years, TITAN participated in international exhibitions such as the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, BAU2019 in München, Virserum Konsthall in Sweden, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in Athens, the Anchorage Museum and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne in Rennes. Entitled ‘Variations’, the practice presented in 2019 their first monographic exposition at the Maison régionale de l’architecture des Pays de la Loire in Nantes, France. In 2021, TITAN was invited to reimagine Nantes’ historic Place Graslin as part of the art festival Le Voyage à Nantes.

 

Mathieu Barré

Mathieu Barré was born in France in 1986. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes in 2008, after which he gained experience at diverse offices in France. His approach mediates between the most intangible ideas to the most technically perfect realizations. He was recently honored with the AJAP 2018, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, and the Médaille d’Architecture – Prix Delarue 2021, awarded by the Académie d’Architecture.

 

François Guinaudeau

François Guinaudeau was born in France in 1985. He holds a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes. His context-based approach accentuates a relationship to nature, and to the landscape. He taught previously at his alma mater, and more recently has been awarded with the AJAP 2018 by the French Ministry of Culture, and the Médaille d’Architecture – Prix Delarue 2021, awarded by the Académie d’Architecture.

 

Romain Pradeau

Romain Pradeau was born in France in 1985. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes and worked as an architect at various offices. He is a recipient of the AJAP 2018, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, and the Médaille d’Architecture – Prix Delarue 2021, awarded by the Académie d’Architecture.

 

Awards

Médaille d’Architecture - Prix Delarue Académie d'Architecture Française

Médaille d’Architecture – Prix Delarue 2021. Fondation Société Centrale 1905

The Prix Delarue, created in 1905 by the Société Centrale, is a medal awarded to young architects under the age of 40 who have demonstrated exceptional talent. The French Academy of Architecture awarded this prize to Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau and Romain Pradeau in recognition of ‘their generous involvement, support and commitment to the production of meaning for responsible architecture’.

 

AJAP 2018 . Ministère de la Culture

AJAP/Les Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes is an award given every two years by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication to professionals under 35 in the field of architecture and landscape design.

The 2018 AJAP jury was chaired by the Ministry of Culture, co-chaired by Claire Gautier, 2016 Grand Prix national du paysage, and by Jean-Marc Ibos, 2016 Grand Prix national de l’architecture. On December 28, 2003, 17 teams (14 architectural and three landscape designers) were selected from 240 entries. All but one team already had a built project in its portfolio, perhaps indicating these young designers’ commitment and willingness to take risks.

For the 2018 session, chaired by the French Minister of Culture, the jury was co-chaired by Claire Gautier, landscaper, Grand Prix national du paysage 2016, and by Jean-Marc Ibos, architect, Grand Prix national de architecture 2016. The jury, composed of 15 architects, landscape designers, project owners, representatives of the press and the government, met on March 27 and 28 of 2018, to examine the 159 files resulting from an international call for applications.
Jean-Marc Ibos wished ‘to celebrate, through the work of these young teams, the desire to think of architecture and landscape as a cultural vector which highlights both daring and experimentation’.

 

Mies van der Rohe Award – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Two projects by TITAN – the National Museum Clemenceau in Mouilleron-en-Pareds and the Welcome Pavilion Clemenceau in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard – have been nominated for the 2022 Mies van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Prize of the European Union.

Created in 1987, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe is a biennial prize awarded by the European Union and Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, in recognition of exceptional quality in architectural and urban design works across the continent.

 

A+Firm Awards

TITAN received a special mention at the A+Firm Awards 2021 in the category ‘Best of the Year – Young Firm’. With this award, Architizer annually celebrates the best buildings and practices around the world.

 

40 under 40 2018

Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau and Romain Pradeau are recipients of the 40 under 40 Award. Organised by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, Europe 40 Under 40 is an annual awards program that celebrates the next new talented generation of European architects and designers. The exhibition ‘Europe 40 Under 40’ presented the winners’ works in February 2018 at Contemporary Space Athens, Greece.

 

EMYA 2020

The National Museum Clemenceau in Mouilleron-en-Pareds was nominated for the EMYA – European Museum of the Year Award 2020. The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene on the principles of supporting, encouraging, awarding and showcasing excellence and innovation in the museum field, particularly in the areas conceptualised by Kenneth Hudson as ‘public quality’.

 

Équerre d’argent 2019

TITAN was nominated for the French prize Équerre d’argent 2019 in the category ‘Première oeuvre’ (first works). Since 1983, the aim of the Equerre d’argent / Les prix d’architecture du Moniteur prize has been to promote the best architectural production in France.

Organized by the reviews Le Moniteur des travaux publics et du bâtiment and the AMC Le Moniteur Architecture, the Équerre d’argent has been awarded each year since 1983 by an independent jury of architects, architecture critics, and developers to celebrate excellence in the built environment in France and the collaboration between the client and the architect.

 

Team

Adélie Quénot

architect

Amélie Gautier-Delajot

architect

Arthur Rabut

architect

François Guinaudeau

architect

Gaëlle Parpaillon-Lhommede

architect

Hélène Retailleau

business development

Imad Bouznad

financial management

Joana Lazarova

communication

Justine Nollet

architect

Malo Bottani

architect

Marine Guieysse

architect

Mathieu Barré

architect

Mathilde Perrin-Houdon

architect

Romain Pradeau

architect

Simona Popadic

architect

Victoire Bénard

architect

Violaine Gayet

architect

Exhibitions

Publications

2021
Académie d'Architecture
Prix et Récompenses – Palmarès 2021
2021
Baunetzwissen
Ab auf die Rollschuhbahn
2021
Metalocus
A Roller Skating Ring as a Public Space by TITAN
2021
Ouest-France
Voyage à Nantes. Versus, l’anneau de roller qui fait tourner les têtes
2021
Archdaily
Versus by TITAN
2021
ICON
Roller-skating rink transforms Nantes public space
2021
Le Moniteur
A Nantes, le Voyage s’amuse par Marie-Douce Albert
2020
The best new Architects
Welcome pavilion Clemenceau
2020
New Generations
A feature on New Generations – a European platform that investigates the changes in the architectural profession
2020
Metalocus
The poetics of concrete and its experimental applications by Valeria Ozuna
2020
world-architects.com
Profiles of Selected Architects: TITAN
2020
d'a
Choix de d'architectures : Le pavillon d'accueil
2020
Divisare
National museum Clemenceau
2020
AMC
Alice Bialestowski : ‘Le Tigre, le béton et les dunes, par TITAN Architectes’
2020
Chroniques d’architecture
Maison-musée Clemenceau, en Vendée, dans l’orbite de Titan
2019
AMC
Equerre d’argent 2019: les cinq opérations nommées dans la catégorie «première œuvre»
2019
Revue 303
Matières sensibles par Claude Puaud
2019
L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Prix AMO 2019: La mise en œuvre la plus audacieuse
2019
Le Voyage à Nantes
Exposition « Variations »
2019
Wallpaper*
VARIATIONS: Nantes-based architecture firm Titan have launched an exhibition at La Maison régionale de l’architecture des pays de la Loire
2019
Baunetz Wissen
Zwei Volumen, Ein Rückgrat
2019
AMC n°275
« Pavillon d’accueil » par Alice Bialestowski
2019
Bauwelt 1.2019
Das erste Haus
2019
AMC
TITAN - PORTRAIT
2018
The Architectural Review
On Emerging Architecture: « Retirement plan » by Manon Mollard
2018
Éditions 303
La forme avant le signe
2018
Architect Magazine
Welcome Pavilion Clemenceau
2018
Wallpaper*
Titan behind two commissions that celebrate France’s WW1 Prime Minister
2018
designboom
interview with titan: an emerging french firm on the rise
2018
Detail
Brick façade skin: Town hall extension by Titan Architects
2017
Platform
Simplicity
2015
Architecture & Culture #406
10 Logements
2015
Plateform
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