P R O F I L E

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L’agence d’architecture et d’urbanisme OUALALOU + CHOI (O+C) revendique le projet architectural comme modalité de négociation de situations complexes, ambiguës et étrangères.

 

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The architecture and urban design practice of OUALALOU + CHOI (O+C) considers the architectural project as a means of negotiating complex situations, however foreign or obscure.

 

Fondée par Linna Choi et Tarik Oualalou, l’agence O+C s'est construite autour de projets d'une grande diversité de programmes, de sites et d'échelles, qui sont autant d'investigations cherchant à définir dans une pratique des limites, les limites de la pratique. Convaincue que l’invention ne se situe pas toujours dans le périmètre conventionnel d’intervention de l’architecte, la composition multiculturelle et pluridisciplinaire de l'agence lui permet un échange robuste et pertinent entre les cultures, les méthodes et les contextes.

Cet engagement donne aux architectures traitées par l’agence une profondeur qui marque la volonté d’inscrire de manière durable des éléments dans le territoire. Au-delà de sa valeur d’usage, de sa puissance esthétique et de la nécessité de construire avec responsabilité, l’architecture est pour l’agence une exploration de l’intangible et de l’immatériel.

Parmi les réalisations les plus significatives de O+C on trouve le Musée Volubilis (finaliste prix AFEX 2014), le Village de la COP22, le Pavillon du Maroc de l’EXPO Milan (prix « Les architectures d’Expo 2015 »), la tente FLIJ construite sur le parvis de l’Institut du Monde Arabe à Paris en 2014 ou encore l’installation « Décrypter le Panthéon » exposée dans le cadre des événements de la Fête Nationale 2017.

Basée à Paris et à Casablanca, l'agence réalise aujourd’hui de nombreux projets d’envergure en France et à l’international dont le nouveau Centre Culturel du Maroc à Paris, la Maison des 5 Continents près de Reims et la nouvelle ville de Mazagan au Sud de Casablanca.

Plusieurs expositions ont montré l’œuvre de O+C, notamment à Paris, Casablanca, Londres et Copenhague.

Une nouvelle monographie a été publiée en 2017, "Territoires de Désobéissance", retraçant les quinze dernières années de l'agence.

 

Founded by Linna Choi and Tarik Oualalou, the office’s work exhibits a wide-range of scales, typologies, and contexts, which serve as investigations that are as much about exploring given project constraints as they are about questioning the limits of the design profession. Adamant that architectural strategies should be integrated into a project long before and remain long after the traditional scope of architects, the international and multifaceted composition of the studio allows it to devise projects that resonate amongst various cultures, methods, and contexts.

Such a commitment propels the studio to propose architectures that achieve depth before meaning, and constructions that serve as enduring contributions to the built environment that move beyond mere discussions of use value, aesthetics or responsibility. Architecture becomes, here, an exploration of the intangible and immaterial.

The practice's most significant works include the Volubilis Museum (nominated for the 2014 AFEX prize), the COP22 Village, the Morocco Pavilion for the EXPO Milan (recipient of "The Architecture of Expo 2015"), the FLIJ tent constructed on the plaza of the Arab World Institute in Paris in 2014, and the "Décrypter le Panthéon" installation commissioned as part of France's 2017 July 14th festivities.

With offices in Paris and Casablanca, O+C's current projects are located in both France and abroad, and include the new Cultural Center of Morocco in Paris, the House for 5 Continents near Reims, and the new City of Mazagan to the South of Casablanca. 

Numerous exhibitions have showcased the work of the studio, specifically in Paris, Casablanca, London, and Copenhagen.

In 2017, a new monograph was published, "Territories of Disobedience," a critical look at a body of work spanning fifteen years.

 

P A R T N E R S

 

Linna Choi (USA, S. Korea)

 

Tarik Oualalou (Morocco, France)

 

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Linna Choi est Architecte et Fondatrice avec Tarik Oualalou de l’agence OUALALOU + CHOI. Elle est diplômée en Architecture de Yale Université et de Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Récompensée par de nombreux prix d’architecture et de design, Linna est également enseignante et critique d’architecture, ayant été invitée par de nombreuses écoles telles MIT School of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University Paris Program et Università Iuav di Venezia School of Architecture. Elle est inscrite à l’Ordre des Architectes de l’Etat de New York aux Etats-Unis.

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Linna Choi is a Design Principal and Founding Partner at OUALALOU + CHOI. She has served as a visiting architectural critic at MIT School of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University Paris Program, and Università Iuav di Venezia School of Architecture. The recipient of several prestigious architecture and design awards, Linna holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Yale University. She is a registered architect in the State of New York.

 

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Tarik Oualalou est Architecte et Fondateur avec Linna Choi de l’agence OUALALOU + CHOI. Il est diplômé en Architecture de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais et du Rhode Island School of Design, et a reçu des diplômes en Art et Histoire de l’architecture de l’Ecole du Louvre et en Ingénierie de l’Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers de Paris. Récipient de nombreux prix d’architecture et de design, Tarik est également enseignant d’architecture, ayant mené des studios à plusieurs universités de renommée : Rice University, MIT, American School at Fontainebleau, Rhode Island School of Design, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture.

 

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Tarik Oualalou is a Design Principal and Founding Partner at OUALALOU + CHOI. He has been a visiting architectural critic at Rhode Island School of Design, Ecole d’Architecture Nationale Rabat, MIT School of Architecture, Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture Paris Malaquais, and Fontainebleau American School. Tarik holds degrees in Architecture from Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais, in Art History from Ecole du Louvre, and in Civil Engineering from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

 

H O N O R S & A W A R D S

2018

Finalist, The PLAN Award (Livre Paris & COP 22) | Finalist, BSI Swiss Architectural Award

2017

Curator of “Décrypter le Panthéon” as part of the Fête Nationale events, commissioned by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

2016

Finalist, BSA Swiss Architectural Award

2015

Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize | Archimarathon Prize | In/Arch Award “The Architectures of Expo 2015” | 100 Architects of the Year, Korean Institute of Architects

2014

Finalist, Grand Prix AFEX (Volubilis Museum) | Curator of first-ever Morocco Pavilion at Venice Biennale

2013

Presidency of FADA (Foundation for Art, Design, and Architecture)

2012

Young Arab Architects Award

2010

MIPIM Future Architecture Award | World Architecture Award

2009

Nominated, Aga Khan Award | AR Emerging Architecture Award | Curator of Casablanca Biennale for Art and Architecture

 

P R E S E N T A T I O N S & L E C T U R E S

2018

“Casablanca Transformations Urbaines” at l’Institut français de Casablanca | Invited lecturer at CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE -- AIA NYC | “Inhabiting Africa: the future of African Cities” conference at UM6P, Ben Guerir | “Territories of Disobedience” lecture at the Université Internationale de Rabat, the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Tétouan, the Ecole d’Architecture et de Paysage de Casablanca | Presentation of the new Cultural Center of Morocco in Paris at ZAK World of Façades Casablanca | Presentation of the new City of Mazagan at MIPIM

2017

Presentation of “Territories of Disobedience” at Librairie VOLUME in Paris | “Keeping our Capitals Moving” conference at World Architecture News event in Birmingham | Digital Vernacular conference at UIA Seoul World Architects Congress | “Invisible Cities” lecture at TEDx Talks Rome | Invited lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | Presentation of “Territories of Disobedience” at la galerie d’architecture in Paris | “Retour d’expérience, les COP21/22” at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

2016

Charles & Ray Eames guest lecturer at the University of Michigan | Presentation of “State of Grace” at Columbia University Global Centers Paris location | “Singularité” lecture at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Belleville | “News from the front” conference at SILENCIO Paris

2015

Presentation of “Plan B Système D” as part of “les Mercredis d’AS” in Paris | “Plan B” lecture at IUAV in Venice | Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize lecture | “Terre à terre” conference at Ecole d’Architecture et de Paysage de Casablanca | “L’architecture du Maroc” conference at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

2013

“Relevance and Necessity” lecture at Paris-Sorbonne

2012

“Urbanism is a Martial Art” presentation at Venice Biennale

2011

Presentation of “ESCALES” at the Institut Français de Casablanca and la galerie d’architecture in Paris | “Our tradition: modernity'“ conference at the Alliance Française in New York


P U B L I C A T I O N S

2018

Wallpaper* Magazine — “Desert architecture: modernC buildings in arid environments” presenting COP 22 | Arquitectura Viva’s AV proyectos series n° 085 featuring COP 22 | Design Indaba — “The disappearing city according to O+C” | Le courrier de l’architecte — 2017 highlights from the office

2017

Release of the monograph “Territories of Disobedience” (Actar) | ANCE l’industria della costruzioni n° 457 featuring 3 projects from the office | “Maroc: A livre ouvert” — publication accompanying Honorary Pavilion at LIVRE PARIS book fair in Paris

2016

Invited Editor-in-chief of “Architecture du Maroc” n° 72 | Architecture CREE collectors edition featuring the office

2015

“RESISTANCES & RESIGNATIONS: Architectures du Maroc 2004-2014” (AAM) | “FLIJ” — publication accompanying FLIJ installation at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris | Collectors’ edition of “L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui” n° 408

2014

“FUNDAMENTALISM(s)” — publication accompanying Morocco Pavilion at Venice Biennale

 

E X H I B I T I O N S

2017

“Décrypter le Panthéon” installation at the Panthéon, Paris | Honorary Pavilion at LIVRE PARIS book faire in Paris

2015

“Le Maroc contemporain” exhibition at the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris | “15 ans de la galerie d’architecture” exhibition in Paris | Morocco Pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan

2014

Morocco Pavilion at Venice Biennale | “Arab Contemporary” exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen

2012

Presentation of “Young Arab Architects Award” at Venice Biennale | “HOME” Installation at Museum of Architecture in London

2011

“ESCALES” retrospective exhibition at la galerie d’architecture in Paris at the Institut français de Casablanca

2009

“Les abattoirs” installation at “Transculturelles des abattoirs” event in Casablanca

T E A C H I N G

Rhode Island School of Design (studio) | Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Rabat (studio) | Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture de Paris Malaquais (studio) | Boston Architectural Center (studio) | University of the Middle East (consultant) | Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (studio) | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (studio) | Rice University (studio) | Harvard University (Career Discovery Program) | Fontainebleau American School (studio)