We had the opportunity to sit down with French architect Manuelle Gautrand, founder of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. Her firm is known for projects like the renovation of the Galeries Lafayette store in the French city of Metz and the Origami office building in Paris. “I think we, [architects], have a complex role because we have to be artists, but we also have to be very scientific and very open-minded to what is going on in this world,” Gautrand told us. “I think the architect has a very big role in society, close to politics. An architect has to give a lot of advice to improve a city, and is very important in helping politicians to improve their cities.”
Watch the full interview above to hear what else Gautrand has to say about the role of architects in society, what it’s like to lead an architecture firm and the importance of innovation.