Franþois Girardin was born in 1962 and, after working as an apprentice sculptor, studied History of Arts and obtained a masters from the Sorbonne. He then studied architecture in Paris-Belleville with Henri Ciriani.After working for Odile Decq and Richard Meier in Paris and New York, he opened his own practice in New York with Reenie Elliott.Their work includes numerous domestic projects, a clinic, restaurants, offices, school and university buildings. In Paris, he collaborated on the headquarters of the SNCF and of the National Health Insurance Board. In London, he worked for Marks Barfield Architects on the London Eye. He has taught in America, France and England, and has been teaching in Oxford Brookes University's School of Architecture for the past five years.
Liz Jones is a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University;
teaching also on the post-graduate architecture and interiors course at the University of Brighton. A co-founder, she was a working member of Cazenove Architects Cooperative throughout the '80s, concentrating on public housing, tenant participation and tenants' legal rights in London. Earlier work on bridging disciplinary boundaries was supported by research in Cambridge which, combined with two years as research assistant at the RIBA, led to research and consultancy under the auspices of the 'Space Syntax'group at UCL in the '90s. She has taught in a number of schools of architecture including the Bartlett, Cambridge, Kingston and North London. Competition entries and art work have been commissioned and exhibited in Britain, Germany and the US.