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José Oubrerie

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José R. Oubrerie (born November 9, 1932-deceased March 9, 2024) was a French architect, educator, and author. He was a protégé of Le Corbusier.


Oubrerie studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts (1946–51) in Nantes, and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), (1955-58/ 1966–68) in Paris, France. In 1970, Oubrerie was registered in the Ordre des Architectes, Paris, France, and an American Institute of Architects honorary member.


Oubrerie entered Le Corbusier`s studio at 35 rue de Sèvres in Paris at the age of 25 and worked from 1957 to 1965 on the Maison du Brésil, the Zurichhorn, the Hôpital de Venise[1] and Firminy-Vert.[2]

  • Centre Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland; 1963–1967 with Le Corbusier, G. Jullian, et al.
  • Église Saint-Pierre with Le Corbusier; 1960–70, 1970–78, 2003–06
  • Miller House, Lexington, Kentucky[3][4]
  • French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria, with Kirkor Kalayciyan and engineer Jean Jacques Couvert, 1988[5]

Academic career[edit]

Oubrerie was professor emeritus at Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, having held the position of chair of the architecture department (1991–97) and professor of architecture.[6] Oubrerie is also a visiting professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[7] From 1987 to 1991, Oubrerie was dean at University of Kentucky College of Design, formerly College of Architecture, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he also taught as a professor of architecture (1980–81, 1983–4).[8] Previously, Oubrerie taught architectural design as assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology (1985–87), Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (1985–87), and Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of Cooper Union (1974)[9] in New York City, as well as Polytechnic University of Milan (1981–83) and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (1974–84), Paris.

Awards, honors[edit]

  • 2002 Lumley Research Award, The College of Engineering, Ohio State University[10]



  • "L'Oriente di Jeanneret", Parametro, 1986,143, G. Gresleri, L. Benevolo, G. Trebbi, P. L. Cervellati, L. M. Colli, I. Zannier, C. de Seta, J. Oubrerie, E. Masi, K. Frampton, pp. 1–1, 6–64
  • Oubrerie, José, 2015, Architecture With And Without Le Corbusier: Jose Oubrerie Architect. Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, ISBN 978-988-15125-7-4


  1. ^ Counterfactual Venice II - That time Le Corbusier was about to transform the city , In: Venice Design Biennial, 2021-12-14
  2. ^ Antoine Picon: Tribute to José Oubrerie., In: Fondation Le Corbusier, March 2024
  3. ^ Karissa Rosenfield: Urban Fragment: Jose Oubrerie’s Miller House., In: ArchDaily, 2013-08-19
  4. ^ Michele Racioppi: An old(ish) Kentucky home gets a new chance., In: Docomomo US, 2021-06-09
  5. ^ French Cultural Center., In: ArchNet
  6. ^ "Faculty and Staff : Jose R. Oubrerie, Honorary AIA". OSU.EDU. Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "José Oubrerie | Architecture at UIC". arch.uic.edu. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jose Oubrerie presents career retrospective lecture". UK/COD. University of Kentucky College of Design. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Architecture Archive". Cooper Union. The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "College of Engineering Awards : Lumley Research Award". OSU.EDU. Ohio State University. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jose Oubrerie: Architecture Interruptus". AAP Architecture Art Planning. Cornell University. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Hales, Linda. "Exhibits : Architecture Interruptus". Architect Magazine. Architect : the journal of the American Institute of Architects. Retrieved April 15, 2008.

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