Jean Nouvel was born in Fumel in France and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A key protagonist of intellectual debate in France regarding architecture, he was a founding member of Mars 1976 and the Syndicat de l'Architecture. Amongst his repertoire of buildings is the Musée du Quai Branly and the Fondation Cartier in Paris, the congress center in Luzern, The Agbar tower in Barcelona, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Recently added to this list is the Sofitel hotel in Vienna and the Philarmonia in Paris and soon to be the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. His collection of awards includes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Institut du Monde Arabe in 1989, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. Aside from his retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2001, he has held many other shows of his work around the world from New York to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.