Urban architect DPLG, she graduated in 1990. Her studies have led her to attend various schools including Strasbourg and Paris-Belleville.
This experience of diversity has been extended by a dual professional career that began in 1991 with Bernard Tschumi, urban planners Architects (BTuA) in Paris and New York to collaborate in the agency’s competitions. That same year, the agency was selected as the winner of the project for the development of the Jardins d’Entreprises in Chartres on 220 ha and the project for the Studio National des Arts Contemporains du Fresnoy, a multimedia school in northern France.
In 1993, she installed the retrospective of the agency’s projects in the existing buildings of the future Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Le Fresnoy. This exhibition was presented in 1994 at MoMA in New York.
Since then, she has worked on most of the agency’s projects, including the School of Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée won in 1996, the Zénith in Rouen in 1998, the Vacheron & Constantin Headquarters and Manufacture in Geneva in 2001, the 6,000-seat Zénith in Limoges in 2003 and the finalist project for the redevelopment of the Seguin Island in Boulogne Billancourt. Together with Bernard Tschumi, she manages the Parisian agency as a partner of BTuA.
Build for the living
In an ever-changing world, where human intervention often threatens natural environments, we must question ourselves about what it means to build.
Véronique Descharrières has forged her experience working on large scale projects with the BTUA agency, both in France and abroad. She now seeks to promote architectural research built on collective thinking. For this reason, she has created the Paris-based VEDEA agency, an innovation driven working group involving a network of experts and researchers. With her partners, Véronique Descharrières works on construction projects that aim to preserve and protect biodiversity.
Several ambitious projects showcase Véronique Descharrières’ commitment to ecological projects driven by innovating technologies. Those notably include the Vincennes Zoological Park in Paris, The St Martin Caribbean Institute in the French West Indies, and on a larger scale, the Yanshan International Ecological World project in Beijing.
Working with multidisciplinary teams committed to the protection of biodiversity, Véronique Descharrières aims to anticipate all possible forms of negative human impact on the environment. She does this with one idea in mind: Working towards an integrated and harmonious balance between all living species, including the human being and educate future generations and hopefully change behaviours for this aim.
Véronique Descharrières has also taught at the École d’Architecture de Normandie and is a lecturer at several schools of architecture or institutions.