We aim to give a new generation of architects, designers and engineers an opportunity to flourish.
“Whatever one man can imagine, other men will be able to achieve”Jules Verne
At international level the foundation encourages boldness and innovation in architectural undertakings relating to shorelines, the sea and outer space in order to identify and bring out the new Leonardo da Vinci, Jules Verne, Gustave Eiffel, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid…
It relies on its international architectural competition to support and further the development of visionary, biomimetic and architectural projects, inspired by the genius of nature. They convey strong and unique cultural and artistic identities in connection with scientific fields.
It promotes commitment within a younger generation eager to meet the major environmental challenges of our century through resilient architectural approaches.
The foundation strives to spark vocations, to promote awareness and encourage everyone in forging a renewed bond between humans and their environment.
The foundation coordinates a multidisciplinary network of the greatest international experts. It takes part in conferences worldwide through its founder, Jacques Rougerie, in order to pass on knowledge and to encourage meetings and synergies essential to the implementation of its laureates’projects.
As they contribute to the enhancement and implementation of innovative projects carried by those who imagine tomorrow’s lifestyles, the patrons of the foundation, be they individuals or companies, are promoting a new society with their donations.
As a visionary architect of international renown and as a member of the Académie Française and the Institut de France, Jacques Rougerie bases his research and achievements on a biomimetic, bio-inspired architecture. Leonardo da Vinci’s work shaped his architectural dreams and passions.
He builds iconic innovative facilities all over the world : museums, sea centres, airports, cultural centres, universities, aquatic centres…Driven by his passion for the sea, space and new technologies, he builds underwater dwellings and laboratories, floating and underwater villages, as well as moon-based settlements. He also leads the SeaOrbiter scientific exploration vessel project.
A true explorer, he tries out his own creations. He has lived several times in his underwater habitats and he took part in the world record of 69 days under the sea in the United States.
He has always been inspired by the work of Jules Verne and has embraced his maximm :
“Whatever one man can imagine, other men will be able to achieve”.
He created the Jacques Rougerie Foundation Sea and Space Generation in 2009 to convey to young people his passion for building a bold future.For many years, he has been exhibiting his work all over the world, lecturing and teaching in seminars in international schools of architecture and universities.
“I achieved my dreams meeting women and men who believed in my vision of a biomimetic, bio-inspired prospective architecture and who helped me bring it to life. Without their input many of these projects would not have seen the light of day. I now wish to share this passion that has always driven me helping new generations to imagine a better future and to build their own dreams. The Foundation and I are fully committed to this endeavour because
the destiny of future civilizations will reside in space and the oceans.
The Institut de France was founded in 1795 and its mission is to provide the five Academies a harmonious framework for the enhancement of the arts, science and humanities. It is a nonprofit institute. As a major patron of the arts, it awards prizes, scholarships and grants to encourage research and support creative undertakings (nearly 25 million euros are allocated yearly through its sheltered foundations).
Under the auspices of the President of the Republic, the Institut de France is also the custodian of an important heritage : the Palais du quai de Conti, four libraries including the Mazarine Library, as well as numerous residences and collections bequeathed since the end of the 19th century. Among which are the Château de Chantilly, the Chaalis Abbey, the Jacquemart-André Museum, the Château de Langeais, the Kerazan manor house and the Villa Kérylos.