Biography

Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect, historian and the author of several works on architecture and city planning from the 19th century to today. Jean-Louis holds a PhD in art history and is accredited to direct research at EHESS. After directing the Architectural Research Program at the French Ministry of Infrastructure (1979-1983), he held a research chair at the Paris-Villemin School of Architecture (1983-1996), then the Chair in Town-planning History at the Institut Français d'Urbanisme at the University of Paris 8 (1996-2005). In 1994, he was appointed Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. From 1997 to 2003, he was appointed by the French Ministry of Culture to create the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, where he directed the Institut Français d'Architecture and the Musée des Monuments Français.
Jean-Louis has been a curator for numerous exhibitions including The Lost Vanguard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007) and Scenes of the World to Come and Architecture in Uniform at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995 and 2011). He was in charge of architecture for Paris-Moscou (1979) and scientific advisor for L'Aventure Le Corbusier (1987), both at the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2014, his exhibition on Le Corbusier, An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, will travel to Barcelona and Madrid, and Jean-Louis will be curator of the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.