The French architect Odile Decq has won this year’s Jane Drew Prize in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.
The judges described Decq as ‘a creative powerhouse, spirited breaker of rules and advocate of equality’.
Decq founded her practice alongside Benoît Cornette in 1985. Then named ODBC, the firm was renamed Studio Odile Decq after her partner died in 1998.
Her work includes art galleries and museums, social housing, and a motorway bridge over the A14 at Nanterre in France.
She has become the fifth recipient of the annual awarded which has previously gone to Grafton Architects co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (2015), Kathryn Findlay (2014), Eva Jiricná (2013), Zaha Hadid (2012).
Odile Decq’s career
1979 Received a diploma in urbanism and planning from the Institut d’études politiques, Paris
1985 Launched the architecture firm ODBC with Benoît Cornette
1990 Completed her first project – the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France
1992 Began working as a professor at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris
1996 ODBC was awarded the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale
2001 Won the competition to expand Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art
2003 Became a chavalier of the Legion d’Honneur
2007 Became head of Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris
2007 Received an International Fellowship from the RIBA
2010 Completed the extension to Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art
2011 Completed the L’Opera restaurant at Opera Garnier, Paris