Christelle Avenier and Miguel Cornejo (born in Santiago de Chile) studied together at the École Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Malaquais. After their diploma, they worked on projects with various architects – Mathias Klotz in Santiago de Chile, Douglas Deremer in San Francisco and, in France, François Roche, (R&Sie (n)), XTU, Jacques Ferrier, and Galiano & Simon – before founding their own firm in Paris.
Their solo career began with a winning project for the Électra Grant (EDF) in ValparaÍso, Chile, followed by projects for private individuals, before the firm won a public contract in 2007 for a program of social housing. In the wake of this, Avenier Cornejo completed a private house in Orsay, a program of ten dwellings for the RIVP in Paris’s 17th arrondissement, a kindergarten in the 20th arrondissement, and the kindergarten and young workers’ hostel at Paris’s Porte des Lilas.
Today Avenier Cornejo are in the preliminary design phase of a number of schemes of various types: housing, sheltered accommodation, children’s facilities, and medical installations. They are also in the construction phase on several projects, notably in the Batignolles district in Paris and in Clichy-La-Garenne.
Their very varied realizations have featured in many publications and exhibitions, notably the Annuel Optimiste d’architecture, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, AMC, the Architectural Review, and Wallpaper magazine, which named Avenier Cornejo among its 20 top young architectural talents of 2013.
The firm’s approach is above all inventive, with no preconceptions or prejudices. Each project gives rise to a process of reflection, each expectation has several possible answers, but, whatever the architectural desire, the goal is to bring about a fertile reaction.
“We want to take the time to design and build with pleasure, so as to ensure quality. Experience confronts us with constraints: the better we grasp them the better we can master them, so as to design freely.”