Conference Program

Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Treasures Of The French Riviera

Menton / Cap Martin / Nice, France

May 5th - 8th, 2017

Please note:

Due to the limited visitor capacity at most venues, registration must be capped at 75 members and their guests. Registration will open to non-AIA members on 10 April 2017.

Participation in this conference requires good physical condition due to strenuous walking and climbing on steep stairs and paths at many of the venues. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Unfortunately, the Cap Moderne site is not yet accessible to physically disabled visitors.  

Friday, 5th May 2017: Jean Cocteau Museum, Menton

18:00    Registration and private visit of the museum (Architect Rudy Ricciotti)

19:00    Opening reception (dinner on your own)

Saturday, 6th May: Cap Moderne, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin   (LU's TBA)

8:30    Buses depart from hotel Victoria and hotel Napoléon

9:00    Registration and coffee in the “Hangar” (visitors’ center at entrance of the site)

9:15   Patrick Cesari, Mayor of Roquebrune: welcome;  Michael Likierman, President of the Cap Moderne Association: introduction  

9:30   Tim Benton, Professor of Art History at the Open University: history of the Cap Moderne site

10:30    Claudia Devaux, Architect: responsible for the restauration of the site (Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Le Corbusier’s site

11:00    Coffee break

11:30    Cloe Pitiot, Curator Centre Pompidou: the life and work of Eileen Gray   

13:00    Lunch at the “Cabanon” beach bistro overlooking the Cap Moderne site

14:00    Guided tours of the Cap Moderne site (in groups of 12):

  • Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027

  • Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon” and holiday cottages (“Unités de Camping”)

  • Thomas Rebutato’s “Etoile de Mer” bar/restaurant

  • Panoramic terraced gardens

  • Continuous projection of films and sponsor displays in the Hangar

16:00    Chapter business meeting (guided tours continue for non-members of the Chapter)

18:00    Aperitif on the Cap Moderne terrace

19:30    first bus departs – return to Hotels (dinner on your own)

20:00    last bus departs

Sunday, 7th May The extraordinary gardens of Menton and the Italian Riviera (LU's TBA)

8:30    Buses depart from hotel Victoria and hotel Napoléon

9:30    Guided tour of Val Rahmeh Botanical Garden

11:30    Transfer by bus to Hanbury gardens

12:00    Lunch at Hanbury Café

13:30    Louisa Jones, Scholar, Gardens of the Mediterranean region, presentation at Hanbury Villa

14:45    Guided tour of Hanbury Gardens

16:00    Bus transfer to Serre de la Madone

16:30    Guided tour of the gardens (Laurence Johnston 1924)

19:00    Aperitif and gala dinner at Serre de la Madone Villa

23:00    Bus depart – return to hotels

Monday, 8th May Contemporary architecture (program in progress) (LU's TBA)

Featuring the work of several noteworthy firms from the region: 

  • Marc Barani 
  • CAB Architecture - (Calori, Azimi, Botineau)
  • Comte - Vollenweider

8:30     Buses depart from hotel Victoria and hotel Napoléon

9:00   Roquebrune Cemetery (architect Marc Barani)

10:00    Guided tour: Contemporary architecture in and around Nice, including lunch in local bistro

15:30    Bus transfer to Nice Côte d'Azur airport

16:00    End of program – arrival at Nice airport (or alternatively 17:00 at Menton hotels)

TOTAL LU’S for event:

LU’S for this conference: 16-18 including 4-6 HSW LUs (preliminary estimate, to be confirmed). AIA Europe reserves the right to make minor changes in the final program due to circumstances beyond its control.


Conference Organizing Committee: 

  • Ray Spano, AIA (Chair)
  • Claudia Devaux
  • David Devaux, Int'l Assoc. AIA
  • Isabel Meinecke, Int'l Assoc. AIA



Registration opens in February 1st, 2017. 

The language of the conference is english. 

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