|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (January 2012)|
Paul Andreu (born 10 July 1938) is a French architect. He is best known for having planned numerous airports worldwide, notably Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Jakarta), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Brunei International Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Paris - Orly Airport.
Other projects include the Grande Arche at La Défense in Paris (as associate of Johann Otto von Spreckelsen) and the National Grand Theater of China enclosed in a titanium and glass shell near Beijing's Tiananmen Square which was inaugurated on 22 December 2007.
He has been in charge of planning and constructing Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy) in Paris since 1967. On May 23, 2004, a portion of Terminal 2E's ceiling collapsed, killing four people. Terminal 2E, inaugurated in 2003, is the seventh terminal at Roissy by Andreu, and has been described as one of his boldest designs. The collapse was attributed by the ad hoc administrative enquiry commission to a variety of technical causes and the lack of margins of safety in the design. Andreu blamed the collapse on poor execution by the building companies.
On September 28, 2004, a reinforcement cage section erected to form a retaining wall on another Andreu-designed terminal, Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, collapsed while under construction, killing five construction workers.
Since 2011 he teaches three months per year at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, as the dean emeritus and chair professor of the Architecture Department.
- www.paul-andreu.com Andreu's homepage (French)
- BBC News: Profile: Paul Andreu
- Official report of the enquiry commission (French)
- Pictures and profile at Specifier Magazine
- Paul Andreu information at Structurae
- Shanghai Daily News: 'Big Egg' architect teaches in Hangzhou