*Please note the program below is subject to change.

Detailed Program 

Thursday, 18 April 2013     

18:00 Registration opens at Hôtel de Ville 

Attendees must have their passport/EU national identity card (as used to complete registration) on hand Thursday evening to be admitted to the reception.  

18:30 Opening reception: Welcoming remarks, presentation of honored guests and participants — Vice President Grand Lyon and Deputy Mayor for Urbanism Gilles Buna, United States Consul in Lyon Mark Schapiro, AIA Europe President Vincent Marani AIA, AIA President Mickey Jacob FAIA 

20:00 Dinner on your own 

Friday, 19 April 2013     

Attendees must have their passport/EU national identity card (as used to complete registration) on hand Friday morning to be admitted to the Tour Oxygène.  

09:00 Arrive at Tour Oxygène — registration continues 

09:15 Program begins   

09:30 Presentation of Grand Lyon: Presentation of Grand Lyon Regional Plan by Benoît Bardet, Program Manager of Lyon Confluence 1

10:30 Presentation: Second phase of Herzog & de Meuron Confluence plan with Jean-Pierre Marielle, project manager at SARL Initial 1


11:30 Tram transfer to Confluence 

12:00 Site visit: Commercial center designed by Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés; visit led by representative from Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés  1

13:00 Sponsor presentation: Laufen — with Sabina Durdik, Marketing Manager, International Project Business   

13:15 Lunch at La Criée 

Hôtel de Région Rhône-Alpes 14:30 Comité de réception Hôtel de Région: Welcoming remarks by Jean-Jack Queyranne, President Région Rhône-Alpes   

15:00 Site visit: Hôtel de Régions designed by Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, visit led by Gilbert Vianes   1 

16:00 Site visit: “Cube Orange” by Jakob + McFarlane led by Benoît Bardet; “Cube Vert” EuroNews Headquarters visit led by Brendan MacFarlane. 1

Musée de la Confluence 17:00 Site visit/presentation: Musée des Confluences designed by Coop-Himmelb(l)au  2 

19:00 Metro/tram transfer to city center   

La Meuniere 11, rue Neuve tel: 04 78 28 62 9120:00Aperitif & traditional Lyonnais dinner at La Meunière, a typical Lyon “bouchon” restaurant. Welcoming remarks by conference co-hosts Frédéric Ragot dplg and Thomas Vonier FAIA, plus AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy FAIA — followed by chapter awards. 

Saturday, 20 April 2013     

Hôtel de la Cité La Concorde

07:30 Breakfast in the Renzo Piano Conference Room   

08:00 Sponsor presentation: Swisspearl — with Christine Dietrich, Head of Architecture   

08:30 Sponsor presentation: Marvin Windows and Doors — with John Fowler, Territory Manager   

09:00 Sponsor presentation: Sipral — with Irena Fialova, Architect and Leopold Bareš, General Director   

09:30 Welcoming remarks by Anne-Marie Baezner, Directeur Général, Centre de Congrès de Lyon; Presentation: Cité Internationale by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Paul Vincent, Partner and Architect-in-Charge; Philippe Baron, Site Manager, Cité Internationale; and Eric Bazard, Deputy Director, SEM Saint Etienne 1

10:30 Site visit: Convention Center and Amphitheater 3000 1

11:30 Site visit/walking tour: Boulevard, interior street, south side, and surroundings 1

Musée d’Art Contemporain

12:30 Presentation/site visit: Musée d’Art Contemporain 1

13:30 Lunch at brasserie 33 Cité (33, quai Charles de Gaulle tel: 04 37 45 45 45), gastronomic restaurant, member of the Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, hosted through the generous support of chapter sponsor Laufen 

14:30 Bus transfer to Musées Gadagne in Vieux Lyon

15:30 Presentation/site visit: Restoration of the Musées Gadagne  (1, place du Petit Collège), a Renaissance hôtel particulier, by Lionel de Gournay, preservation architect 1

16:30 Welcoming remarks by Maria-Anne Privat-Savigny, Conservateur, Musées Gadagne; wine tasting in the Renaissance gardens of the Musées Gadagne   

17:30 Presentation: “France and the US — Differing Approaches to Context” by Robert Hotes AIA, Richard Morris Hunt Fellow 1

Bateau “Hermes” at the “embarcadère” in front of 16, Quai Claude Bernard

19:30 Gala dinner and river cruise: “La Confluence and Vieux Lyon by river and by night” with opening remarks by AIA Europe President Vincent Marani AIA, AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy FAIA, and AIA President Mickey Jacob FAIA 

Sunday, 21 April 2013     

Lyon International Club  Place de la Bourse

10:00 Members only — AIA Continental Europe Chapter business meeting. Venue courtesy of KPMG, Doug MacLean Managing Partner  

11:30 Walking tour: Rhône riverbank — latest developments with Didier Larue, landscape architect 2

13:30 End of conference 

Maximum available AIA CES learning units 15

Monday, 22 April 2013   

Optional extension
(starting point tba)

09:00 Tour of the Beaujolais Villages and Pierres Dorées: The group will go to Mont Brouilly, where Mont Blanc is visible in clear weather. With visits to some of the most beautiful vineyards of France, a 10th-century cloister will be the site of the tour’s first degustation, in a medieval cave in Vaux en Beaujolais. Lunch is in a typical Lyonnais regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the visit continues to southern Beaujolais vineyards, with stops at caves, castles, hilltop medieval villages, and chapels — all built in the native ochre stone. The last visit is to the medieval village of Oingt, followed by a wine-tasting reception and tour of the wine caves there before returning to Lyon. The extension includes an English speaking guide, transport, food, and wine.  

17:00 Return to Lyon   

Space is limited. Register for the Monday extension by following “Register with payment for the Monday extension” on the registration page.   



The conference committee chair has compiled a list of prospective hotels via eurobookings.com, which includes TripAdvisor reviews. All are in the center and near good public transport. This conference does not have a designated “conference hotel”. 

As a popular tourist destination, Lyon provides a number options for overnight accommodation. You might wish to also review additional travel guides.

Please consult the conference map when considering your selection. (You will find additional hotels marked on the map.)


Transit passes will be given to attendees when required for movement as part of the conference. Attendees must make their own arrangements for arriving and departing at the start and end of program day.

Consult TCL (Greater Lyon Transit) for routes and information to travel on mass transit in Lyon. 

A helpful Wikipedia entry detailing the Lyon surface bus network.




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