Staff profiles

Architectural and Technical Department

Jean-Valère Arifont

Director of Architectural and Technical Affairs

Jean-Valère Arifont is a certified architect (DPLG). He is the Director of Architectural and Technical Affairs of Agence France-Muséums since October 2007.

He has a multidisciplinary background and a BA in Latin languages from the University Complutense (Madrid), followed by a degree in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Marseille. From 1990 to 1996 he was an engineer project manager at Serete-Jacob in Monaco. He also worked for several years as a project manager in several architectural firms in Berlin (1989-1990) and Paris (1996-1999) in various sectors of construction, such as industry, health, tourism and culture. From 2000 to 2004 he held the position of Director of Building and Safety at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and then as Director of Heritage at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (2004-2007) in Paris.


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Philippe Lê

Deputy to the Director of Architectural and Technical Affairs

Philippe Lê has been Deputy to the Director of Architectural and Technical Affairs since March 2015. He has worked on the Louvre Abu Dhabi project with the Agence France-Muséums since 2007.

A certified architect (DPLG), Philippe Lê has also completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Houston, received training in city planning at the ETH Zurich and in vernacular Asian architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He began his career working on the renovation project of the Centre Pompidou before working for the Aéroports de Paris and other Paris-based architecture agencies. He returned to the museum sector when he became responsible for the internal architectural development at the Centre Pompidou and then at the Museum national d’histoire naturelle, for which he carried out the Hôtel de Magny site museum in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. In 2011, he settled in Hanoi (Vietnam) where he worked on private real estate development projects and public buildings like the Hanoi art center. During his years in Asia, he also developed a research program on spontaneous city planning in Hanoi as well as his interest in future urban development. Having already been a contributor to Agence France-Muséums since 2007, he settled in Abu Dhabi in 2015.


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