Graal is an architecture and urban strategies agency founded by Carlo Grispello and Nadine Lebeau in 2011. Graal considers architecture to be a catalyst for the interaction between public space and the built environment and favours the exploration of an architecture that is constantly attentive to the emergence of new functions in their precise context. Guided by a spirit of creative pragmatism, the agency uses negotiation as an architectural and urban design tool in order to optimize constructive exchange throughout each stage of the project.
In pursuit of this quest, Graal dissects problematics encountered on site by interrogating program and revealing intrinsic potentialities in order to offer each project an approach that privileges the logic of a particular urban context rather than seeking to follow a rigid design process. The development of an aesthetic coherent with local specificity and the investigation of social space during the design process allow each project to make a positive social and environmental impact.
Graal Architecture is committed to expanding its practice, working at all scales from interior organization up to urban projects. Based in Montreuil on the threshold of Paris, the agency’s projects in France and abroad are developed in close collaboration with a range of multidisciplinary professionals in order to guarantee their intelligence and feasibility.