Odile Decq: William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects


Tuesday, November 27, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

After several years of running her own firm, Odile Decq created a partnership with Benoît Cornette in 1985 and established the architecture firm ODBC. Decq’s first commission, the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes in 1990, resulted in numerous prizes and ignited her international renown. The audiences who celebrated the building underlined the emergence of a new hope in architecture directly born from the punk rebellion that was turning old conventions upside down.

By questioning concepts of commission, use, matter, body, technique, and taste, the architecture of ODBC offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe, at today’s world. ODBC was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1996. As the sole principal of ODBC since 1998, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. She completed the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010, the restaurant in Opera Garnier in Paris in 2011, and the FRAC (Contemporary Art Museum) in Rennes in 2012. GL Events headquarter in Lyon will be completed early 2013. After having taught since 1992 at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Odile Decq has been directing the school from 2007 to 2012.

In addition to the Golden Lion award, Odile Decq and ODBC have received continuous accolades, including three International Architecture Awards bestowed by The Chicago Athenaeum and two World Architecture Community Awards. Odile Decq became a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and she received the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007.

Ms. Decq will present recent ODBC projects in the areas of architecture, design, and installation at all scales and ranging from urban planning to door handles. This presentation is sponsored by SAIC’s William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series.

For more information, please contact SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at 312.629.6650 or e-mail aiado@saic.edu.