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Lyon | 21st Century Renaissance

18-21 April 2013

International Conference and Chapter Meeting


Join us in Lyon—France’s second-largest city, famed for its historical landmarks and today a capital of business, architecture and gastronomy.

Lyon is redeveloping the 150 hectare district “Confluence”, just south of the city center, with many completed and ongoing projects to see. We will visit the Parc de la Saône by landscape architect Michel Desvigne, the Pavillon des Salins by architects Jakob+MacFarlane, and the major works planned for the project’s second phase, overseen by Herzog & de Meuron.

When complete, Confluence will double Lyon’s historic center, in an industrial area at the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône. The Cité Internationale, by Renzo Piano, is also nearby.

We will make maximum use of public transportation—including the city’s new water taxis—focusing on the new and the modern during the day, and on the old and the historic at night…including cocktails and meals in Vieux Lyon.

Many of France‘s finest chefs are in the city and two great wine-growing regions are nearby: Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Lyon is home to many traditional restaurants, known as bouchons, serving local dishes and wines.

Participants will gain a real sense for Lyon’s origins, history, culture and future.

A printable flyer (200mm x 200mm), front and back, is available for download.


The following is a draft program subject to change.

Venues/meeting points   Thursday, 18 April 2013    
Hôtel de Ville 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.  
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
Confluence 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
La Criée 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 91 20:00 Aperitif & 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
33 Cité 33, quai Charles de Gaulle tel: 04 37 45 45 45 13:30 Lunch at brasserie 33 Cité, 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  
Musées Gadagne 1, place du Petit Collège 15:30 Presentation/site visit: Restoration of the Musées Gadagne, 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, 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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The language of the conference is english.

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