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David Fagart, Line Fontana, François Leininger

DAVID FAGART
French architect born in Bordeaux in 1971, licensed DPLG in France, David lives and works in Paris, France.
David studies architecture at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin where he graduated in 1998.
From 1998-2014, David worked for Pritzker Prize architect Jean Nouvel, first as architect (1998-2000), then as project manager (2000-2005), finally as Design Partner from 2005 and until his departure in 2014.
At Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David was in particular responsible for large international competitions and urban planning. He directed and developped over 30 major projects in different parts of the world, such as: L’Ile Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt (2009-2014);

Atlantis Hotel, Heinan, China (2013); Nice Olympic Stadium (2010); Midi train station, Bruxelles, Belgium (2009); Grand Pari(s) (2009); Nouvelle Comédie Theater, Geneva, Suitzerland (2009); Signal Tower, Paris (2008); Phare Tower, Paris (2006); Vigo Harbor, Spain (2006); Master planning for the Doha Cornice, Qatar (2009); Guggenheim Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico (2005); Master planning for Les Halles, Paris (2003-2004); Montpellier City Hall, France (2003); Richemont headquarters, Geneva, Suitzerland (2001); Standard Hotel, New York, USA (1999).
In 2006, David Fagart also founded Atelier L+D with Line Fontana, where they created over 15 projects in France for private clients.
Since 2012, David is adjunct professor in Patrick Leitner’s thesis studio at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette (ENSAPLV).

LINE FONTANA
Swiss interior architect born in Switzerland in 1975, Line lives and works in Paris, France and in Geneva, Switzerland.
Line received her diploma from the Ecole Supérieur des Arts Appliqués in Geneva in 1997 (now HEAD Geneva), where she also received several design awards.
Line was trained as a stage designer at the Television Suisse Romande in 1998. She moved to Paris in 2001 where she was trained as lighting designer at the firm MC2 (Yves Chambaret).
In 2002, Line Fontana joined Ateliers Jean Nouvel in the interior design and industrial design department,

where she collaborated to several major projects, such as the Samsung Chairman residence, the Richemont headquarters in Geneva, a five star hotel in florence, the remediation of a winery in Aix-en-Provence, the public spaces of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the apartments of the 100 Eleventh Avenue condominium in New York.
In 2006, Line Fontana co-founded Atelier L+D with David Fagart. There, she developed and executed projects for private clients such as the high end sports club Mon Stade (2011-2013), the Eric Dupont art gallery in Le Marais district (2010-2011), the remediation of a villa in Nice (2006-2007), the renovation of a 17th century Paris mansion (2006-2008), as well as several apartment renovations and custom furniture designs.
Since 2008, Line also teaches HEAD’s first year design studio in Geneva, where she developed various design exercises focusing on the minimal living space.

FRANCOIS LEININGER
French architect born in Paris in 1977, licensed DPLG in France and graduated from Princeton University, François lives and works in New York City.
Francois studied architecture at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-La Seine (1995-2000) and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1998-1999). He graduated in 2004.
From 2000-2011, François worked for Pritzker Prize architect Jean Nouvel, first at the Paris office (2000-2002) where he directed the construction of Périgueux’s Gallo Roman Museum (2002-2003) and the studies for the Guggenheim Museum in Rio de Janeiro (2003). From 2003, François worked between Paris and New-York, where he engaged in all phases of project development,

managing the residential project 100 Eleventh Avenue from beginning to end (2005-2010), the studies and construction of 40 Mercer (2004-2007) and Jane’s Carousel (2010-2011), the competition for the transformation of the AIG Tower (2010), and studies for the MoMA Tower (2010-2011).
In 2011, Francois enrolled at Princeton University (New Jersey) for a post-professional Masters Degree in Architecture. At Princeton, he studied the American Presidential Libraries and proposed a new approach for the next Presidential Library in Chicago.
In 2015-2016, François acted as consultant for Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York on the architectural competition for President Obama’s presidential library.

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