Claude Parent

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Claude Parent
Born (1923-02-26)26 February 1923
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died 27 February 2016(2016-02-27) (aged 93)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Nationality French
Known for Architect
Notable work Church of Saint Bernadette (Église Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay), Nevers, France
Movement Brutalist architecture
Awards Grand prix national de l’architecture (1979), Officier de la Légion d'honneur (21 February 1990), Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur (13 July 2010)

Claude Parent (26 February 1923 – 27 February 2016),[1] born at Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, was a French architect.

He is known for his buildings featuring sloped floors, an aesthetic initially inspired by Parent's discovery, with philosopher Paul Virilio, of World War II bunkers constructed along the Atlantic Wall that had accidentally slipped down sand dunes because of severe winter weather. "Inside [the fallen bunkers], you tumbled through a strange room; the floor was so sloped that you couldn't tell whether what you were standing on was a slanted floor or a wall," Parent has said.[2]

He won the Grand Prix national de l'architecture in 1979 and was elected at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2005.

Among his most well known works (completed with Virilio) is the Church Saint Bernadette du Banlay in Nevers.[3]

Parent was also an automobile aficionado, and owned many cars including Maserati and Bentley.[4]