French architect Jean Nouvel 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, Nouvel also contributed to the intellectual advancement of the discipline, he co-founded Mars 1976 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, including Doha Office Tower in Qatar and the new 53 East 53rd in New York City.