Université Rennes 2
Director, Scientific Coordinator
First trained as an architect, Hélène Jannière got a PhD (1999) and a Thesis of Habilitation (2011) both in Art History. She has been teaching History of Architecture and Town Planning in French architectural schools from 1994 to 2012, namely at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. Since 2012, she is Professor of contemporary architectural history at Rennes 2 University.
Her main domain of research is architectural criticism and architectural periodicals of the XXth Century. After several publications about architectural magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, her research focuses on architecture and urban criticism in France in the 1950s-1980s, including: Architectural Periodicals in the 1960s and 1970s (Canadian Center for Architecture, IRHA, Montreal 2008) with F. Vanlaethem and Alexis Sornin. She co-edited with Kenneth Frampton the special issue n. 24/25 of Les Cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine “La critique en temps et lieux“ (2009) and with Richard Leeman, Michel Ragon, Critique d’art et d’architecture (2013).
Her last publications in this domain are “La mauvaise presse de la critique : architectes et critiques français dans les années 1950”, in Thierry Paquot (ed.), “Villes, architecture et communication”, Hermès-Cnrs-éditions, September 2014, 115-139; “Stage-set from hell: The Grands Ensembles between Social and Aesthetic Criticism: The Case of Grigny la Grande Borne , 1969-1974“, Candide. Journal for Architectural Knowledge, 7, Fall 2013, 37-60; “Architectural criticism: identifying an object of study”, OASE (NAi Publishers) 81, June 2010, 34-54.