Dominique Jakob is graduated from the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin (1991) after having received a degree in Art History from the Université de Paris I (1990). She has taught at the Paris-Villemin and Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture from 1994 to 2004, at the Special School of Architecture, and at the Los Angeles Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2018. She was named Woman Architect of the year 2019 by Arvha. She is a full member of the French Academy of Architecture since 2016. With Brendan MacFarlane, she founded the agency Jakob + MacFarlane in 1998. Brendan MacFarlane, born in New Zealand and graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in Los Angeles (1984), received his Master degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture in Boston (1990). He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, at the Architectural Association in London, at the Special School of Architecture in Paris and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles (2006 and 2018) Graduate School of Design.
Since its first projects, Jakob + MacFarlane architects has been oriented as an experimental laboratory in architecture focused on environmental transition and digital culture. The agency’s interest in programmatic and urban social innovations where the passion for construction and innovation is manifested in projects such as the Orange Cube in Lyon and the Frac Centre in Orléans among a few examples. The agency is involved in a research on links with the technicality, the materiality of each project to anchor each of them in their temporal relationship and site.
Their main projects include the Restaurant Georges Pompidou Centre (2000), the reconstruction of the theater of Pont-Audemer in Normandy (2001), the library Florence Loewy Books by Artists in Paris (2001 ), Ricard Foundation for contemporary Art (2007) and Docks – City of Fashion and Design, 100 housing Herold in Paris (2008), the Orange Cube and RBC showroom in Lyon in 2010, the FRAC Centre in Orléans (2013) and Euronews global headquarters of the European information TV channel in Lyon (2014). Recent projects are a 50-meter multi-program tower of municipal and childhood equipment with social housing “Community House” in the city center of Knokke-Heist in Belgium, the school of architecture and urbanism (FA+U) of the city of Mons in Belgium, a set of cinemas in Pont-Audemer, housing and equipment buildings in La Rochelle and Montpellier, the “FRAC arthothèque du Limousin” in Limoges and the digital arts and culture center “Trinum” at Lomme-Lille. Jakob + MacFarlane has been invited to participate in selected international competitions such as the New Contemporary Art Museum in Liège, Belgium, the International Competition for the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan and the Mumbai Memorial Competition site in Mumbai, India. They are regularly invited to participate in conferences and juries in prestigious institutions such as the Architectural Association of London, the Centre Georges Pompidou or the Monterey Design Conference…
Their projects have been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2003) at SFMOMA (San Francisco, 2004) at the Museum of Architecture (Moscow , 2000) to the Artist Space (New York, 2003), Carnegie Melon (USA, 2001) at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004) at the Centre Pompidou, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris), the Bartlett School Gallery (London, 1997) as well as international architecture festival Orleans / Archilab (1999, 2001, 2003). They were also part of the French selection for the Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2002, and the international selection in 2004 and 2008. Publications: ‘FRAC Centre – Les Turbulences’ (HYX 2013) – ‘Phase – The Architecture of Jakob + MacFarlane’ (AADCU 2012) – ‘Jakob + MacFarlane – Les Docks’ (HYX 2011) – ‘Hors-Serie #02 – Jakob + MacFarlane ‘ (Archistorm 2011) – ‘Jakob + MacFarlane’ (NeoArchitecture 2006)