Jean-Marie Charpentier was born in Paris, France. 
Jean-Marie Charpentier graduated in urbanism at the University of Paris in 1966, and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in 1969. He taught architecture in Cambodia for a year, before founding Arte Charpentier in Paris in 1969. Arte stands for Architecture, Research, Technique and Environment. The agency comprises four practices: urban planning & design, landscape design, architecture, interior design.
In 1984, Jean-Marie Charpentier is one of the first European architects to settle in China.
Jean-Marie Charpentier is the grand-nephew of composer Gustave Charpentier.
- "Jean-Marie Charpentier, l'architecte de l'Opéra de Shanghai, tire sa révérence". fr.news.yahoo.com. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
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