Paul Andreu was born in Caudéran (France) on 10th July 1938. A graduate of two of France's most prestigious engineering schools, l'Ecole Polytechnique and les Ponts et Chaussées, he obtained his certificate as a chartered architect (DPLG) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1968.
Paul Andreu, in collaboration with ADP has directed studies in more than 50 countries including Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris , Jakarta, Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Brunei, Nice Côte d'Azur, Bordeaux, Pointe à Pitre and Shanghai-Pudong, among others.
In addition to this extensive experience designing airports, Paul Andreu has designed and realised projects of many different types: Paris' Grand Arche de la Défense (in association with J.O. Spreckelsen); the Olympic ski-jump runway at Saint-Bon Courchevel, France; the French Terminal at the entrance of the Cross-Channel tunnel ; the design concept of the Avenue de France for the Seine Rive Gauche project in Paris; the Osaka Maritime Museum in Japan and the Guangzhou Gymnasium in China. He is the winner of the international design competition for the National Centre for the performing arts in Beijing inaugurated at the beginning of 2008, the Shanghaï Oriental Art Centre inaugurated in 2004 and the Technology and Science Enterprising Centre in Chengdu inaugurated in 2007.
More recently the Archaeological Museum of Taiyuan and the Grand Theatre of Jinan in China as well as the Cité Municipale de Bordeaux have been completed. Le Havre Congress Center is being studies as this time.
Paul Andreu has won numerous awards for outstanding achievements in architecture, including the Grand Prix National d'Architecture, the Grand Prix de la Fondation Florence Gould, the Prix Aga Khan d'architecture and the Cristal Globe Award, from the International Academy of Architecture for his whole career. He is member of the Institut de France.
He began painting and writing ten years ago, which led to the publication of seven books. Four of which are novels and three books based on reflection and inspired by his work as an architect.