The installation session of Jean Mas as a new member of the Académie d’Architecture took place last night at the Place des Vosges in Paris.
The Vice-Presidents, Bertrand LEMOINE and Martin Robain, as well as the members of the Academy of Architecture, welcomed a new member to their ranks in the person of Jean Mas, associate architect and co-founder of Ateliers 2/3/4/.
On this occasion Jean gave a moving praise to the architect Högna Sigurðardóttir-Anspach (1929-2017), who joined the Academy of Architecture in 1992.
Born in a small fishing village in Iceland, Högna Sigurðardóttir-Anspach made the decision to leave her country early in her life to study architecture at the Paris School of Fine Arts, where she was the first Icelandic to study in 1949. Shortly after graduating in 1969, she became the first woman architect to build a building in her native country, breaking the “glass ceiling” of an area previously reserved for men. Some of his achievements will be judged by his peers as among the most important of the 20th century in Northern and Central Europe.
below: Jean alongside thorunn Edda anspach, Högna’s daughter.