Founded in 2006 by Ingrid Taillandier, the firm ITAR quickly made a place for itself on the young architectural scene in France. An intense focus on uses and on materiality underpin the firm’s work. In its projects, ITAR seeks first and foremost to provide users with the high-quality uses, i.e., natural light and easily appropriated and open spaces enabling occupants to dwell simultaneously in their apartments and in city. The care taken in construction translates the attention ITAR pays to ensuring the sustainability of these places, thinking beyond the simple functional vision of programs, through the use of quality materials that provide dignity and sensuality to the daily life of users.
In its 15 years of existence, ITAR has intervened on a highly diverse range of programs and contexts, on both new constructions and on renovations, building housing, facilities and offices. Ingrid Taillandier is regularly called upon to participate in consultations of national importance (Reinventing Paris, Olympic Games, etc.), while also conducting theoretical research on housing and high-rise dwellings.
A registered architect in France since 2000, Ingrid Taillandier very rapidly focused her attention on three activities: Practice (her own office ITAR architectures, created in 2006 after earlier collaborations with Richard Meier and Behnish & partners), Writing (in AMC, TOPOS) and Teaching at the Versailles School of Architecture in Paris. As a project manager for Philippe Gazeau Architect (2000-2002), she was in charge of complex programs which allowed her, earlier on, to compare theory versus practice. Ingrid holds a graduate degree from the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. Her interest in density and high-rise buildings inspired her write several articles on these specific topics and give lectures around the world. In 2009, she curated the “The Invention of the European Tower” Exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris.
She won the EDF competition “Bas Carbone” (low carbon) in 2011 for her renovation project of 5 towers dating from the ’70s in St Pierre des Corps thanks to its implementation of solutions for environmental issues. She is currently building two apartment towers in France, one in Paris and one Lyon. A(n) woman architect committed to urban renewal through an architecture focused on the quality of uses and common spaces aiming to strengthen social bonds, her work and her reflections have been warmly welcomed in France, garnering her the Special Prize for Women Architects in 2016 (Prix Spécial des Femmes Architects). She is also Director of the Franco-Chinese double-master «ecological urbanism» offered jointly by the ENSA Versailles and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University in Shanghai
Member of l’Academie d’Architecture
Chevalier des Ordres des Arts et des Lettres
Special mention women architects 2016
Ingrid Taillandier, Thibault Alquier, Simon Baudry, Dorra Bchaier, Félix Blanchardie, Thomas Breton, Luis Burriel, Laura Cardin, Tom Catteau, Oriane du Chéné, Julie Duru, Anne-Laure Goales, Candice Marolleau, Yousra Merno, Juan Moreno, Alice Moussi, Lorraine Pelé, Eulalie Vidé.