ADP Ingénierie and Groupe ADP learned with sadness the death of Mr. Paul Andreu

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Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Groupe ADP, paid tribute to "his vision, his creative genius and his sense of excellence, which have accompanied the development and the influence of our airports for fifty years and whose fame and imprint have, for a long time now, exceeded our borders ".

Paul Andreu
Paul Andreu © Hannah Assouline

Gratien Maire, CEO of ADP Ingénierie, highlighted the legacy of his creative, innovative and pragmatic spirit, which drives us every day in our mission to design and renovate airports around the world.

Paul Andreu started his career in the Groupe "Aéroports de Paris" as chief engineer of the works department and then of the architecture department in 1968. In 1974, he became chief architect and project director and then director of architecture and engineering in 1979.

The name of Paul Andreu is inseparable from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 1 and its iconic glass tubes, or the windows of the terminal 2F or the TGV station.

With the team that gave birth to ADPI, Paul Andreu also signed the airports of Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Cairo, the first terminal of Santiago de Chile, Dar-Es-Salaam, Brunei, Nice, Bordeaux, Pointe-à Pitre, but also the Grande Arche de la Défense, which he built on drawings by Otto von Spreckelsen and the French terminal of the Channel Tunnel. Added to this is the magnificent Beijing Opera the President of the People's Republic of China recently mentioned as a reference while visiting the construction site of the future Chengdu Airport that we designed.

He left Groupe ADP in 2003 to found his own architectural firm in Paris.

Referring to his numerous achievements in the airport sector, Paul Andreu stressed that "an airport terminal must above all be functional, but it also fulfills a role of gateway marking the entry and exit of a city or a country." He claimed to have sought his entire career to meet the aspirations and needs of his customers, with a constant desire to "make beautiful buildings". He explained in 1998 in I did a lot of air terminals. Drawings and words. that "a terminal must grow like a tree, regenerates itself constantly within its structure".

Holder of numerous awards and distinctions including the National Architecture Prize (1977), and the Crystal Globe Grand Prize awarded by the International Academy of Architecture (2006), Paul Andreu was a member of the Académie des beaux -arts. He was also a member of the Superior Commission for Historical Monuments, the Institute for Applied Research and Experimentation in Civil Engineering, the Academy of Air and Space, and the Academy of Architecture .

He was an Officer of the Legion of Honor, Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit and Commander of the Arts and Letters.

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