Born in 1945, Patrick Bouchain is an architect and scenographer.
The Zingaro Equestrian Theatre in Aubervilliers, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (Les Ateliers), the Lieu Unique in Nantes, the Musée International des Arts Modestes in Sète, the Académie Fratellini in Saint-Denis, the Channel in Calais, the Métavilla at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Espace de Musiques Actuelles La Sirène in La Rochelle are just some of the projects completed by the Construire architecture firm, headed up by Patrick Bouchain for the past thirty or so years. More of a builder than an architect, he manages to make an interpretive, experimental and vitalist architectural design emerge with each new project, focusing on what he calls Haute Qualité Humaine (“High Human Quality”). His approach as an architect can be summed up as follows: fostering trust, attaching great importance to craftsmanship, focusing on users, insisting on economy of means, thinking in motion, smoothing out conflict, and overcoming the obstacles the “professional blockers” put in his way. All for the pleasure of making.