Bernard Huet



Known especially for his contribution to critique on the image of the city, a theme that dominated the French architectural debate for years, the architect Bernard Huet passed away at the age of 69. Born in Quinhon (Vietnam), he studied in Paris, in the Polytechnic of Milan, and at the University of Pennsylvania under Louis Kahn. Editor-in-chief of the magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui from 1974 to 1977, he took part in the reform of architectural education in France. The design of public space took up a large part of his efforts, and his built work helped define the image of Paris: the Place de Stalingrad, the project for the park of Bercy, and the remodeled Champs Élysées. Abroad he undertook the Piazza Verdi of Triests, housing developments in Murano, and school complexes in Ivory Coast – a fruit of his collaboration with UNESCO – besides participating in the urbanization of Rotterdam’s port zone. Huet’s urban and architectural endeavors were complemented by an intense teaching activity in the school of Paris-Belleville, not to mention his lectures in Italy, Switzerland, the United States and Belgium.

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