Marie-Christine Labourdette was Secretary General of the Académie de France in Rome at Villa Médicis, Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of Burgundy before joining the cabinet of Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, in 2007 as an advisor on heritage and architecture. Appointed Director of Museums in France in June 2008, then Director in charge of Museums in the new Directorate-General for Heritage in 2010, she is responsible for steering the national public policy in favour of museums in France. She was responsible for the project management of major national museum sites with the construction of the MuCEM in Marseille, the first decentralized national museum in the region, but also the renovations of the Adrien Dubouché museum in Limoges, the Franco-American museum in Blérancourt, as well as the Cluny museum and the Clemenceau museum. She was appointed President of the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine on February 28th, 2018.
The Collections Department comprises the Musée des Monuments Français and the 20th-Century Architecture Archives Centre.
In three galleries, the Musée des Monuments Français presents a panorama of architecture and heritage from the Middle Ages to our time: the Casts Gallery exhibits secular and religious architecture from the 12th to the 18th centuries; the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Architecture focuses on developments since the Industrial Revolution; the Gallery of Murals and Stained Glass shows copies of murals from the 11th to the 16th centuries.
The Archives Centre has in its holding the collections of archives of the major French architects, that is 400 architects from the late 19th century to the present. It is open by appointment to the public.
Moulage du tympa de la basilique sainte Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay
A reputed educational institution in Europe and throughout the world, École de Chaillot is among the high-ranking higher education institutions, recognise in France and abroad for its technological and educational expertise in the field of heritage management and urban planning. In addition to its various programmes of studies (the post-graduate DSA, AUE training, the CAMO, and public classes), the École de Chaillot develops joint international projects that contribute to the international dissemination of a methodology that has earned the school its renown over several decades.
The function of the Department of Architectural Creation is to observe, analyse and critique contemporary production in France and abroad through the exhibitions, installations, conferences, discussions and workshops that it organises. The programming gives voice to the architectural manifestos and stances, currents and trends at the heart of issues where the technical and the aesthetic, the social and the spatial intersect. Its scope includes urbanism and landscape, architecture and design, in a reflection on all scales that coincides with the multiplicity of architecture practices. At the forefront of the department is the Platform of Architectural Creation, an experimental platform that is at once a programme and a place at the centre of La Cité.
Département création architecturale
Architecture culture and urban culture are shaped every day by many actors, in an ongoing debate, full of questions, interactions and tensions, elucidated by exchanges.
Founded in 2015, the Department of Cultural Development hosts a multidisciplinary debate on cities and architecture and, more broadly, on the evolution of the inhabited world.
It is a pluralist debate where architecture is seen from a series of standpoints – philosophical, anthropological, artistic and/or geopolitical, scientific and/or historical – discussed by theorists and actors of the transformation of our societies.
Theatre on the Fly, Chichester Festival Theatre Architectes, Assemble , Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017 © Jim Stephenson
The library of La Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine makes available to users interested in the field its unique collection on architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries, construction, interior architecture and design, urbanism, social sciences applied to the city, landscape and gardens. The library has 42,000 books, 480 journal titles and numerous documentary films and electronic documents.