This monograph details thirty-four major architectural works from Valode and Pistre, including commercial, retail, industrial, and cultural projects. Founded in 1980 by its current directors Denis Valode and Jean Pistre, Valode and Pistre Architects is a highly sought-after architecture and design firm based in Paris. Their predominantly large-scale projects are distinguished by their high degree of diversity from the Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux to the L Oreal factory and more recently the T1 Tower La Defense in Paris. Their innovative designs for the Beaugrenelle Center on the Front of the Seine won the Global Award for Excellence in 2015 for its approach to urban development. The book features works such as the Renault Technocentre near Paris, Las Mercedes business park in Madrid, and a group of hotel towers in Beijing. The book also looks at future projects that were recently awarded to Valode and Pistre a new Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and three stations of the Grand Paris Express transit line.
Valode and Pistre has not only been practicing in France, but also maintains offices in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Mexico, and China. Philip Jodidio was editor-in-chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for more than two decades. He has published numerous articles and more than one hundred books, including I.M. Pei: Complete Works for Rizzoli.