Staff -- Interior Design, 3/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec Architectes
PRINCIPAL: Emmanuel Combarel.
PRINCIPAL: Dominique Marrec.
COMPLETED PROJECTS: Galerie Kreo and public housing in Paris; Musée Tomi Ungerer/Centre International de l'Illustration in Strasbourg, France; a school gymnasium in Sarcelles, France; student housing in Argenteuil, France.
CURRENT PROJECTS: A kindergarten and an office in Paris; a chapel and public housing in Nanterre, France; a mixed-use development in Lyon, France.
ARCHITECTURAL HERO:"Brad Pitt's involvement in architecture has shaken up the profession," Combarel says.
ICONIC ARCHITECTURE:Marrec's favorite building is the control tower at the Aéroport de Paris Orly.
7 Passage Turquetil, 75011 Paris, France; 33-1-44-93-20-60; combarel-marrec.com.
Hariri & Hariri—Architecture
The Un-Private Apartment
PRINCIPAL: Gisue Hariri.
PRINCIPAL: Mojgan Hariri.
COMPLETED PROJECTS: Apartments and offices in New York; an art studio in Sagaponack, New York; a pool house in Wilton, Connecticut.
CURRENT PROJECTS: A condominium building in Dallas; conversion of a brewery into a mixed-use complex in Salzburg, Austria.
HONORS:Interior Design Hall of Fame and Best of Year Award; American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Architecture.
WHISPER:Merging monasticism and opulence is the sisters' mission.
SHOUT:Their creative energy often erupts verbally at the office.
39 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001; 212-727-0338; haririandhariri.com.
Investing in Creativity
FOUNDING PRINCIPAL: Lauren Rottet.
PRINCIPAL: Kelie Mayfield.
COMPLETED PROJECTS: Lime Rock Partners, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., and Gulf South Pipeline Company, all in Houston; Bernhardt Design showroom in Chicago; MidFirst Bank branches in Phoenix; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker worldwide.
CURRENT PROJECTS: HighMount Exploration & Production in Houston; Surrey Hotel in New York; W Chicago—Lakeshore; a house in Norwalk, Connecticut; Lime Rock Partners in Dubayy, United Arab Emirates.
HONORS: National AIA Honor Award; AIA Houston honor and merit awards; Texas Society of Architects Design Award; Solutia Doc Awards.
KNOWN: Rottet's art collection includes Sol LeWitt gouaches and a Robert Rauschenberg silk screen.
UNKNOWN: Mayfield concentrates on Houston's up-and-coming talents.
808 Travis Street, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002; 713-221-1830; rottetstudio.com.