Tate Britain Talk

Odile Decq on London and Paris

​Studio Odile Decq, Phantom restaurant, Opéra Garnier, Paris  ​Photo credit: © Roland Halbe

​Studio Odile Decq, Phantom restaurant, Opéra Garnier, Paris

​Photo credit: © Roland Halbe

Join award-winning French architect Odile Decq for this special talk

Throughout her celebrated career in architecture and urban planning, Odile Decq has maintained a close relationship with both London and Paris – inspired in her teaching and practice by the different cultures of these two cities. On the eve of The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London opening at Tate Britain, this is a unique opportunity to hear Decq deliver a special talk inspired by her experiences of London and Paris. Decq will be in conversation with Catherine Ince, Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

For an additional price, ticket holders can enjoy a private view of the exhibition from 20.00 after the talk.


Odile Decq is a French architect and urban planner. International renown came in 1990 with her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France. Since then, she has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Being awarded The Golden Lion of Architecture during the Venice Biennale in 1996 acknowledged her early and unusual career. Other than just a style, an attitude or a process, Odile Decq’s work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design and art. Her multidisciplinary approach was recently recognized with the Jane Drew Prize in 2016, and this year she was honoured with Architizer’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her pioneering work and contribution to the debate on architecture. Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years, and founded her own school in Lyon in 2014: the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture.

Catherine Ince is a Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she leads the curatorial planning for V&A East, a new institution planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Before joining the V&A, Catherine was a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, where she produced major survey exhibitions and publications including The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2015), Bauhaus: Art as Life (2012), and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (2011). Catherine is a juror for the Swiss Design Award and a member of the advisory board for the Stanley Picker Gallery and Dorich House Museum at Kingston University. She regularly contributes to books, journals and online media about twentieth century and contemporary visual and material culture, and has lectured widely in the UK and internationally.

 This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.​

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

1 November 2017 at 18.30–20.00

Supported by

The J Isaacs Charitable Trust