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Architecture with and Without Le Corbusier

José Oubrerie Architecte

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José Oubrerie is a professor at the Austin Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and a registered architect in France. He has maintained a balanced career of teaching and practice. He has taught at the Unite Pedagogique #8 in Paris, and was a visiting lecturer at The Cooper Union, New York Institute of Technology, Columbia University GSAPP, and was both professor and Dean of the College of Architecture of the University of Kentucky. He has lectured and written extensively on architecture in the U.S. and abroad, and has been widely exhibited.


Architecture with and Without Le Corbusier documents two architectural masterpieces: the Church at Firminy and The Miller House. The church is a late work by Le Corbusier that was left unfinished for 40 years. José Oubrerie, a protégé of the great master who had worked on the project from its inception, completed and built the canonical work, adapting it to current needs and standards while respecting the integrity of the original design. The Miller House, Oubrerie’s own late masterpiece from the 90s, is a landmark in Lexington where the architect devotes his mature years to academic leadership at the University of Kentucky. It is firmly on its way to securing a permanent place in the modernist canon.


The thorough documentation of the two buildings with an extensive collection of previously unpublished drawings, documents and photographs builds a precise and vivid testimony of Oubrerie’s unique architectural trajectory with Le Corbusier’s formidable legacy as a formative and creative influence. The two seminal works, presented side by side with commentary by George Ranalli and Kenneth Frampton yield insight into the evolution and current resonance of modernist architecture in a story that spans two worlds and two distinguished careers. A collaboration between the City College of New York • Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers


Foreword by
George Ranalli
Introduction by
Kenneth Frampton
Text by
José Oubrerie
Essay by
Jeffrey Kipnis and Paul "Pete" Penney

Edited by
Luis Burriel Bielza and Oscar Riera Ojeda



Contributors Biographies

George Ranalli has been Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College since 1999. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute (1972) and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1974). He was Professor of Architecture at Yale University (1976-1999), and the William Henry Bishop Chaired Professor in Architectural Design (1988-1989). He recently completed his fourth monograph, Saratoga, devoted to his Saratoga Avenue Community Center for the New York City Housing Authority. His architectural and design work has been exhibited in the US and Europe and published internationally in numerous journals.


Kenneth Frampton was born in the United Kingdom in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. After practicing for a number of years in the United Kingdom and in Israel, he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design. He has taught at number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art, the ETH Zurich, EPFL Lansanne, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, and the Berlage Institute in The Netherlands. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007).


Luis Burriel Bielza is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Technology (ESAyT) at the University Camilo José Cela (Madrid, Spain). His PhD. dissertation “Saint-Pierre de Firminy- Vert: the building as an objet-à-réaction-émouvante” was presented at the E.T.S. of Architecture (ETSAM) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and was accepted Summa Cum Laude in 2010. His writings and research, mainly focused on Le Corbusier, and his photography, have been widely featured in national and international magazines. He has been awarded Research Grants by the Canadian Center for Architecture and the J. Paul Getty Museum Research Institute. He combines teaching and scholarly research activities as well as complementary professional endeavours which ultimately enrich his work as a practicing architect. Along with his two partners, his design firm “SOMOS.Arquitectos” has won different prizes in several public competitions, some of which were eventually built.

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