NICOLAS MICHELIN – Artistic Director
Architect and Urban Planner was born in Paris in 1955. He founded ANMA in 2001 with Michel Delplace and Cyril Trétout after working in partnership with Finn Geipel under the name LABFAC during the 1990s. Michelin ran the Rueil-Malmaison art school and contemporary art centre from 1985 to 2000 and went on to direct the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles from 2000 – 2009. While there he set up the Maréchalerie contemporary art centre which focuses on the place of art in urban contexts. He has been nominated for the Grand Prix d’Urbanisme (National urban design prize) in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and has been awarded honorable merits at the Equerre d’Argent (France’s national architecture prize) in both 2008 and 2010.
He has written and headed up several publications: Nouveau Paris, la ville et ses possibles, the catalogue of the exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris in 2005, for which he was the scientific curator; Avis, propos sur l’architecture, la ville, l’environnement, published in 2006; L’Aventure de la transformation d’une halle, des farines à l’université in 2007; and Five by Five in 2008, a book that analyses 5 of ANMA’s architectural projects and 5 of their urban planning projects. He was chief curator of the 2008 edition of the Bordeaux Agora Biennial of Architecture and Urban Design, “Alerte”, which covered the interconnecting themes of architecture, urban planning and sustainable development. Alongside this event, he published Alerte ! Et si on pensait un peu plus à elle?, a manifesto for sustainable urban planning and architecture. In 2010 the practice celebrated 10 years of research and practice and Michelin published his most recent book, « Attitudes » which discusses the trying and testing of the practice’s convictions over the past 10 years.
Michelin is the Artistic Director of ANMA and he and his partners have lead the practice to significant success with the practice tripling in size over the past five years.
MICHEL DELPLACE – Partner
Architect was born in 1966 in Belgium and joined LABFAC in 1990 where he became practice manager in 1995. He has been a partner since 2001 and has followed all of the practice’s major construction projects. He heads up both housing and project delivery. Delplace is currently overseeing over 30 projects and 15 of ANMA’s ongoing construction sites throughout France and Beligium.
CYRIL TRÉTOUT – Partner
Architect and Urban Planner, was born in 1968 in greater Paris. From 1991 to 1999 He worked with LABFAC. In 2003 he joined ANMA as practice manager and became a partner in 2004. He is in charge of urban planning and manages mixed-use architectural projects. Shoreing up the planning and strategic side, Trétout deals with the overall development of the practice and is significantly involved in project conception.