Francois Clement

  • Principal
  • London

François Clément studied architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy for three years after completing a diploma of basic architecture studies (D.E.F.A. degree) at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille-Luminy in France. In 1995 he graduated as a French State-registered Architect (D.P.L.G. degree) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette.

A principal in the London office of global architecture practice Populous, François is currently the project architect of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) Grand Stade. This 82,000 seat project features a retractable pitch and roof, and was won by Populous after a design competition organised by the FFR.

François joined Populous in 2006 in order to work on the design of the Aviva Stadium (the new Lansdowne Road Stadium), which was completed in 2010. Able to seat 50,000 spectators, it is Ireland’s national stadium for rugby and football matches, and can also host a variety of other entertainment events. In 2011, he conducted the feasibility study of a 20,000-seater rugby stadium for one of France’s Top 14 teams, and has overseen all rugby-oriented projects at Populous since his arrival at the firm.

Alongside the FFR Grand Stade, François is also involved in several other projects in France. He was the lead architect for the design of the Arena in Orléans, a 10,000-seater entertainment venue, as part of a public-private partnership alongside Jacques Ferrier Architects, as well as being involved in the renovation of the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy arena.

In January 2014 François was invited by the French Sénate be a speaker before the ‘Sport professionnel et collectivités local’ commission and was invited to attend a public forum of the ‘Conseil National du Débat Public’ about the FFR Grand Stade. He also contributed to the Eurostaf/Les Echos-commissioned study of business models of European football clubs, written by Pascal Perri in 2012.

François Clément is a regular speaker at many conferences dedicated to sporting events: the 2008 ‘Conférence Stades: de la conception à l’exploitation’ in Paris, the 2010 ‘Construction de Stades Nouvelle Génération’ conference in Dublin, the 2011 ‘Rugby Expo’ in Twickenham, and the 2013 ‘Stadium Business Design & Development Summit’ in Nice.

François Clément studied architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy for three years after completing a diploma of basic architecture studies (D.E.F.A. degree) at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille-Luminy in France. In 1995 he graduated as a French State-registered Architect (D.P.L.G. degree) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette.

A principal in the London office of global architecture practice Populous, François is currently the project architect of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) Grand Stade. This 82,000 seat project features a retractable pitch and roof, and was won by Populous after Read More »

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