Tribute to José Oubrerie

Tribute to José Oubrerie


“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of José Oubrerie, one of Le Corbusier’s closest collaborators. A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he joined the studio at 35 rue de Sèvres at the age of 25, where he worked from 1957 to 1965 on the Maison du Brésil, the Zurichhorn, the Hôpital de Venise and Firminy-Vert. After Le Corbusier’s death, he committed himself to the construction of the Church of Firminy, which he completed in 2007. His personal achievements include the Miller House in Lexington and the cultural centre in Damascus. José Oubrerie pursued a remarkable teaching career in the United States, where he lived at Ohio and Kentucky Universities. He has been a guest professor at a number of schools and universities (Milan, New York, Columbia, Paris) and the author of major exhibitions (Architecture Interrumptus (Wexner Center for the Arts, 2007) and publications.

On behalf of myself and the Fondation Le Corbusier, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to a talented, committed and generous individual.

Antoine Picon, President of the Fondation Le Corbusier