graal is a firm founded by Carlo Grispello and Nadine Lebeau dedicated to architecture and urban strategies. The firm’s projects are developed through an analytical and sensitive approach to give a real place to the role of public space, the construction process and the economics of construction throughout the design phases.
graal aspires to render the specific features of a site and a project commission through a sober, independent and contemporary language. Through an attitude coherent with the context and an investigation on the relational space, the projects carry a positive social and environmental impact.
graal is committed to dealing with every scale, from interior design to the regional project. The office’s practice encompasses France and abroad in close collaboration with multidisciplinary consultants in order to guarantee intelligent and feasible projects.
graal has been distinguished on several occasions. In 2016, the office was prizewinner of the ADC Awards and received the Europe 40 under 40 award attributed by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies.
Simple, intelligent and economical. We focus on privileging above all the functional quality appropriation modes and the ways of inhabiting spaces of collective life.
That begin by looking at the precise description of a territory and then the urban structure, and not the opposite.
That takes into account the existing in the evolution of a context.
Urban or architectural, to envisage the city of tomorrow.
To create scenarios of relevant evolutions that are open and hybrid.
Because it makes it possible to look directly at the heart of a question, the inquiry gives us the possibility of exploring with a priori a constraint to transform it into a project opportunity.
Because designing a building is above all knowing how to control all types of expenses to increase flexibility and efficiency.
THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Because building is handling matter, transforming it and carefully using it to incorporate a project into its built fabrics.
Architect DPLG, graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. She joined Atelier Seraji as architect before created graal architecture with Carlo Grispello in 2011. Prizewinner of 40 under 40 in 2016 by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies. Named among the 100 young leaders who invent the city of tomorrow by the Choiseul Institute in September 2018.
Architect DPLG, graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. He worked as lead architect for Bruno Mader and as architect for Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Created graal architecture with Nadine Lebeau in 2011. Associate professor of theories and practices of architectural and urban design at the École Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes since 2016. Prizewinner of 40 under 40 in 2016 by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies.
Sébastien Nyeki (FR), Office Manager
Chloé Vanacker (FR), architect
Mathieu Perrier (MCE), architect
Carlo Bonetto (IT), architect
Alejandro Bernal (COL), architect
Maéva Liaut (FR), architect
Claire Morival (FR), stagiaire
Diane Delpierre (FR), stagiaire
Vittorio Riccio (IT), stagiaire
Italian Architect Prize 2017, (selection )
Trophées Logement & Territoires 2017, (finalist)
Building of the Year Awards 2016 Archidaily, (selection )
Palmarès d’architecture, d’urbanisme et de paysage du CAUE des Yvelines 2014, (mention)