French architect, Jean Novel attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At 25 Novel, started a firm with François Seigneur. In addition to his physical contributions to architecture, novel also contributed to the intellectual advancement of the discipline, he co-founded Mars 1976 in and the Syndicat de l'Architecture. He also organized the competition to rejuvenate the Les Halles district and founded the first Paris architecture biennale in 1980. In 2008 he received the Pritzker Prize for his work on over 200 projects.
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