Auguste Perret

Also found in: Wikipedia.

Perret, Auguste


Born Feb. 12, 1874, in Brussels; died Mar. 4, 1954, in Paris. French architect.

Perret studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris with L. S. Bernier and J. Guadet. In 1928 he became a professor at the Special School of Architecture in Paris. He was made an honorary president of the International Union of Architects in 1948.

Perret was among the first to design buildings entirely of reinforced concrete. Seeking to endow the framework with aesthetic qualities, as in half-timber (fachwerke) Gothic buildings, he strove for the complete coordination of architectural form and design. This is evident in many of his buildings in Paris, including an apartment house on Franklin Street (1903), a garage on Ponthieu Street (1905-06, demolished in the 1960’s), a theater on the Champs Elysées (1911-13), and the Church of Notre Dame du Raincy (1922-23).

For primarily utilitarian purposes, Perret’s industrial designs were as simple and efficient as possible. Such designs characterized the docks in Casablanca (1915), a plant in Montataire (Oise Department, 1920), and a plant in Issoire (Puy-de-Dôme Department, 1939). Attempts to combine efficient construction methods with a neoclassical style, which marked Perret’s work in the 1920’s and 1930’s, resulted eventually in a dryness of form (for example, the Nuclear Research Center in Saclay, Essonne Department, 1947-53). During the last years of his life, the architect worked on large-scale urban construction projects, such as the reconstruction of the destroyed parts of Le Havre (begun in 1947).


Contribution à une théorie de l’architecture. Paris [1952].


Rogers, E. A. Perret. Milan, 1955.
Zahar, M. D’une doctrine d’architecture: A. Perret. Paris [1959].


References in periodicals archive ?
Contract award notice: Creation of the high school students~ house at robert schuman and auguste perret high schools
Designed by Auguste Perret, the 107m high tower contains 12,768 individual panes of coloured glass.
Architect Auguste Perret was commissioned to re-build the city.
In the 1920s, Auguste Perret, the great French master of reinforced concrete, argued that 'the maimed cathedral' at Reims, pulverised by German shells during the First World War, should not have been restored: 'The traces of War should not have been erased; the memory fades only too quickly.
The centre was rebuilt by "concrete poet" architect Auguste Perret and in 2005, it became the first 20th century European urban settlement to be awarded World Heritage status.
Renowned architect Auguste Perret designed several buildings in Egypt, three of which are in Alexandria.
A chapel in the building--designed by architect Auguste Perret, one of the pioneers in the use of reinforced concrete--enabled those attending the House of Ananias to learn the liturgy and join a community of worshipers.
He studied art in his home country before going to work in Paris for Auguste Perret, the French pioneer of reinforced concrete.
Contract notice:Public works contract for renovation of all the state bodies of the Choisy-Perret school group located at 103 avenue de Choisy and 9-11 rue Auguste Perret 75013 Paris
2 PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (Heinz Emigholz) This gloriously controlled study of the work of French architect Auguste Perret uses cinema to reveal architectural space and the effects of time on buildings.
Contractor address : 75 rue Auguste Perret ZAC La Pauline CS 30581