30th anniversary of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize

November 2020

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize (RMHP), founded in 1990, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It is awarded each year to a French or American conservation architect. In 2018, Sixte Doussau de Bazignan, a partner at the RL&A Architects, won this grand prize. He spent six months in the United States, from June to December 2018, to study historical conservation in the context of natural disasters.

The Heritage Days

September 2020

Presentation, by Didier Repellin, on 19/09/2020 during Heritage Day, of the launch of the consolidation and restoration work on the western façade of the Abbey of St Antoine.
Built to house the relics of St. Anthony, the abbey is one of the most remarkable Gothic achievements of the Dauphiné. The western façade, built in molasse stone, is deeply degraded: weathering of the facings and carvings as a result of the ageing of the stone, black sliders, invasive vegetation.

The Mur Pontillac

September 2020

The Mur Pontillac, located in the historical center of Orange and dating from the 1st century, is a remain of the roman Forum western wall. The maintenance and consolidation work have been completed, putting an end to the risk of deterioration and making the entire monument safe, thus ensuring the preservation over time and better comprehension of the building.

Completion of the emergency works on the Saint Eutrope Hill

September 2020

The Colline Saint-Eutrope in Orange is an emblematic place of the city. An exceptional landscaped site, it groups together archaeological remains from antiquity to modern times and 19th century landscaping.
Urgent work to secure the archeological remains have just been completed. They precede the enhancement works which are currently being studied (design development completed). They aimed to secure the remains of the medieval castle of Orange-Nassau, the ancient "Capitole", the postern and the classic "crève-coeur" rock by interventions such as the removal of dangerous stores, shoring and consolidation.

Restoration work on Horloge Charvet

June 2020

The « Horloge Charvet », named after its designer, called "Horloge aux Guignols" built in 1864, it is located rue de la Poulaillerie, acquired by the City of Lyon in 2012. A restoration project of the Horloge aux Guignols, began in mid-June. It will then be hung on the façade of the Hôtel de Gadagne, a more relevant location as it houses the Museum of the History and the Museum of the marionnette arts of the City of Lyon. The original wooden frame having disappeared, a new frame is created as a jeweler's window display, a case finely treated for precious objects such as jacquemarts and their mechanisms, emblem of Lyon's heritage.

Partnership with Studio Milou - Singapore

May 2020

Partnership between RL&A Architectes Agency and the Studio Milou

Restoration of the Bartholdi Fountain in Lyon, an exceptional project

February 2020

The Bartholdi Fountain, inaugurated on 22 September 1892 in Lyon, was installed on the Place des Terreaux and is a National historic Landmark. A historical study, carried out by RL & A has allowed a better knowledge of the work. General restoration work was undertaken between 2016 and 2018 as no complete restoration had been carried out since its creation. The remarkable work carried out by the Fonderie de Coubertin to give back the high quality of the sculpture.
Article published in the magazine Monumental by Didier Repellin and Sixte Doussau in a special volume dedicated to hydraulic heritage.

Franco-Singaporean collaboration

January 2020

Article published by the Singaporean Ministry URA to celebrate 30 years of Franco-Singaporean collaboration on the restoration of historical heritage.

The Buvette Cachat, an exciting construction site in Evian

December 2019

The objective is to refurbish the building and highlight this architectural masterpliece of Art Nouveau, a testimony to the golden age of thermal baths in Evian. (see the video)

The hidden side of the Hôtel Dieu in Lyon

December 2019

This film, directed by Hervé Vacheresse, introduces us to this emblematic Lyonnais Hospital since its creation around 1137, through archives, unpublished documents and testimonials from historians including Frédérique Bergeret Malotaux RL & A Architects. (see the film)

Visit of the Fountain of the Porte de Saint Cloud

November 2019

The work on the Fontaines de la Porte de Saint Cloud is in progress, a public visit organised by the CAUE took place on 5 November 2019. These two fountains were built in 1937 by architects Robert Pommier and Jacques Billard and sculptor Paul Landowski. A restoration project has been undertaken by the RL&A Architects agency and the OGI design office to ensure their conservation and restoration.

Reception of the 1st phase of the Troglodytic Site

November 2019

The current project to rehabilitate the Barry's troglodytic site in Bollène site is about the restoration of houses dating from Roman times and the safety of the public. The first phase of work has been completed. During a second phase of work, the most ruined houses will be consolidated, the roofs will be restored or redone in local lauze.

Reception and Inauguration of the Cathedrald of Vaison la Romaine

October 2019

The Cathedral of the Upper Town of Vaison la Romaine was inaugurated on Saturday 26 October 2019. It was built in the 15th century on the edge of a rocky escarpment within the old town walls. Restoration work on the building's envelope was carried out to ensure its conservation and enhancement as well as the creation and maintenance of contemporary stained glass windows by Dominican father Kim en Joong. The building has been listed as a historic monument since 1994.


Inauguration of the Portal of the Porte des Enfants du Rhône - Parc de la Tête d'Or

September 2019

Inaugurated this summer, Le Portail de la Porte des Enfants du Rhône is directly inspired by the roccoco style of the gates of Place Stanislas in Nancy. The singularity of those gates of the Parc de la Tête d'Or is its monumental dimension. Thanks to a major restoration entrusted to RL&A, the Porte des Enfants du Rhône has regained its spectacular splendour. The objective was, in fact, to extend the life of the work while preserving all its authenticity. After being closed during seven years, its main gates is open into this great landscape and garden of the Parc de la Tête d'Or.

The Villa Bonaparte in Rome (Italy)

June 2019

Restoration of the Villa Bonaparte in Rome : article written by Didier Repellin and Sixte Doussau, who supervised this project, published in the journal Monumental of June 2019 p. 116.

Château de La Chaize - Realization of the entrance gate

May 2019

As part of the project of restoration and rehabilitation of the Domaine de La Chaize, the main entrance of the domain was created on an already existing access. Not being historically an access of honor, this portal has been treated with a functional simplicity and without ostentation. Made of wrought iron, it is held by two raised stone piles with pots. It is extended on both sides by a half-moon materialized by a wrought iron gate mounted on a stone base. The access path has been requalified and bordered by an alignment of ash and lime trees.

BARRY troglodyte site: rehabilitation, valorization and security

May 2019

Start of the work of the troglodyte Barry site weakened by the wear of time
Following the master plan carried out by our agency in 2013 and restoration work on the chapel in 2014, the Ville de Bollène has again entrusted the project management to RL&A.
Restoration in conservation concerns more than 45 troglodyte dwellings spread over 4 sectors, terraces and pathways. The intervention aims to be as minimal as possible in order to ensure the "natural" conservation of the site, its security, and visitors' understanding of the intelligence of this habitat, in perfect osmosis with nature.


Villa Bonaparte - Book

April 2019

This book presents the history of Villa Bonaparte in Rome, its architectural part, the technical and human adventure of the restoration as well as the portraits of restorers with exceptional know-how. The historian Sebastiano Roberto makes assumptions about the probable architect who designed this villa in 1749 for Cardinal Gonzaga. Didier Repellin and Sixte Doussau, in charge of this restoration, present the technical and aesthetic components of a building imprinted with a refined and precursor classicism, and reveal the stakes of this restoration site. Pictures of Thibaut de Rohan-Chabot.
Villa Bonaparte, De Luca Editore d'arte, 2019

Maison des Têtes in Valence (France) - Restoration

February 2019

The agency has been selected to carry out the mission for restoration and rehabilitation of the Maison des Têtes of Valence (France). This 16th century town house, listed as a National Landmark, is part of the city's historic heritage and of a program to promote its remarkable buildings.
RL&A realized in 2016-2017 the master plan for the preservation and enhancement of the historical heritage of the city of Valencia.
Team : RL&A, Conservation architect ; Ecobis, économist ; Agence Michalska-Zaorski, architect- set designer ; Laurent Laidet, museographer


The postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace - End of the works

January 2019

Back from the film by Niels Tavernier "L'incroyable histoire du facteur Cheval", the restoration work has just been completed. This emblematic monument of naive art has been the subject of an empirical project. A unique expression of a man, the Ideal Palace is the reflection of his soul and the restoration was essential as a way to pay homage to him.

Chapel of the Hôtel-Dieu: a large-scale project that continues with the restoration of the western facade and two bell towers

December 2018

Emblematic of Baroque art in Lyon, the chapel of the Hôtel-Dieu is historically and spatially related to the site of the Grand-Hôtel-Dieu. The restoration program initiated by the Hospices Civils de Lyon in 2012, currently extends to the exteriors.
RL&A continues its mission of project management for the restoration of the building.


Gothic portal in Salles-Arbuissonnas in Beaujolais - Restoration

November 2018

The Town Hall of Salles-Arbuissonnas in Beaujolais entrusted to RL&A the restoration of the Gothic portal, located against the southern flank of the Saint-Martin church.
Consisting of several levels of elevation, the foliage details are characteristic of the flamboyant Gothic style.

The project, which lasted two months, ended on November 3, 2018.

Lahore Fort, Pakistan, ecrin of Mughal artistic expression

July 2018

An exceptional testimony of Mughal architecture, Lahore Fort represents the extreme refinement and mastery of the techniques of a civilization at the crossroads of Islamic, Persian, Hindu and Mongolian arts. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the fort and its gardens are the subject of a program for their preservation and restoration.
The agency RL&A has been selected to make a master plan on the entire site.

Inauguration of the Bartholdi fountain - Lyon - 2018-03-22

March 2018

After two years of restoration work, the Bartholdi fountain was inaugurated on March 22 by the Mayor of Lyon, Georges Képénékian.
Under the direction of Didier Repellin, in collaboration with Sixte Doussau, the shipyard has worked different specific trades for this extraordinary work.


2018 RMHP Fellow

December 2017

Sixte Doussau nominated 28e follower of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize for a 6-months research project: "Urgences climatiques et patrimoine, prévention et action". Its study will address issues related to the stabilization of buildings and affected areas and the development of future means of protection and prevention.

Le Grand Hôtel Dieu de Lyon - Book

September 2017

This book presents the richness and complexity of the architectural and social evolution of this building, punctuated by human, scientific and artistic anecdotes. It is illustrated with exceptional archival documents and photos of Ferrante Ferranti.
Ombline d'Aboville et Frédérique Malotaux, Le Grand Hôtel Dieu de Lyon, Libel, 2017

Il Pincio, il giardino di Roma

December 2014

Didier REPELLIN, Décembre 2014 : Scheda storica sullo svolgimento dei lavori di scavo (Workshop organisé par l’Académie de France à Rome et l’Ecole Française de Rome : Il Pincio, il giardino di Roma)

The restoration of the Bartholdi Fountain in Lyon

December 2014

Didier REPELLIN, December 2014: The restoration of the Bartholdi fountain in Lyon (Symposium organized by ICOMOS France - Paris: Metal open air)

Heritage restoration in Île-de-France

November 2014

Antoine MADELENAT, several articles on the restoration of heritage in Île-de-France, in Beaux-Arts, special edition, November 2014


The Chapel of the Hotel-Dieu in Lyon

October 2014

Didier REPELLIN, « Un patrimoine à remettre en valeur », in La chapelle de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon. Carnet d’une restauration, Lyon, Ed. Lyonnaises d’Art et d’Histoire – Hospices Civils de Lyon, 2014, p. 68-72.

The restoration work of the Trinita dei Monti

October 2014

Didier REPELLIN, October 2014: The restoration work of the Trinita dei Monti: findings, interpretations, discoveries (Symposium organized by the French School of Rome. Research and discoveries in Trinita dei Monti 20 years of projects)

The Cathedral of St John Baptist in Lyon

September 2014

Didier REPELLIN, "The Cathedral of St. John Baptist de Lyon. The interior restoration of the choir "in Monumental, 2014-2, p.40-41.

Architect meets innovations

June 2014

Didier REPELLIN, June 2014: The Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon: a palace to heal the soul, mind and body (Conferences organized by Architect @ Work - Lyon: Sensory Architecture)

The Historic Courthouse in Lyon

May 2013

Didier REPELLIN, « A l’exception répondre par l’exception » and « Restaurer : les savoir-faire d’aujourd’hui à la hauteur de ceux d’hier », in La restauration du Palais de Justice Historique de Lyon, Lyon: EMCC, 2013, p. 50-61 and p. 96-115.

Conferences in Djibouti

March 2013

- Conferences in Djibouti, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon, Algeria, Hungary, at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Conferences in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Peru, Egypt, at the request of UNESCO.
- Conferences in Singapore, at the request of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Singapore.
- Conferences in the United States, at the request of the French Heritage Society and the National Trust.
- Conferences in Belgium at the request of the Walloon Heritage Institute.

Lo Manthang has an exceptional value

February 2013

Comparative Analysis of Lo Manthang as part of its nomination on World Heritage List, IPRAUS-ENSAPB / CNRS. 'Lo Manthang has an exceptional value', UNESCO interview, website of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, 2013

Ubeda y Baeza

October 2012

Didier REPELLIN, at the request of ICOMOS :
- Ubeda-Baeza (Spain)
- Alcala de Henares (Spain)

French establishments in Rome

September 2011

Didier REPELLIN, "The French establishments in Rome" (several articles), in Monumental, 2011-2.

The grace of a cathedral

September 2011

Scientific co-direction of Lyon. The grace of a cathedral, Strasbourg, La nuée bleue, 2011.

The fortified city of Lo Manthang

February 2011

Maïe KITAMURA, La cité fortifiée de Lo Manthang, Mustang, nord du Népal, Paris : éditions Recherches, 2011

Reviving a sacred place: the hermitage of Samdrupling

July 2010

Maïe KITAMURA, « Reviving a sacred place: the hermitage of Samdrupling », in Mustang, the Artistic Heritage of an Ancient Himalayan Kingdom, Mumbai: Marg, pp.148-159

The restoration of the 18th century decorations in the church of Brunoy

September 2007

Antoine MADELENAT, « The restoration of the 18th century decorations in the church of Brunoy », in Monumental, 2007-2