Studio Milou Architecture
Jean-François Milou, the founder of studioMilou architecture, is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Paris. He has been a member of the French Order of Architects since 1979, of the Singapore Board of Architects since 2008 and of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Australian Institute of Architects since 2016. An international team of architects and designers work under his direction for the company’s two branches, Jean Francois Architecte (Paris) and studioMilou singapore, along with a network of consultants including landscape architects, museologists, historians, lighting, multimedia, graphic and exhibition designers, engineers, acoustic specialists, and project economists etc. Since its creation in 1997, the studio has been developing under Jean-François Milou's direction as one of the leading French firms with a recognized competence in wide-ranging large-scale public and private projects, from the new to the rehabilitation of existing buildings, be they heritage listed structures, monuments or industrial sites. For over ten years, Jean-François Milou has also carried out international heritage and cultural expert missions relating to the conservation of monuments, the creation of museums, and the presentation and refurbishment of collections and archaeological sites. This work has included missions on behalf of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to India, Nepal, Indonesia and Georgia. The work of Jean Francois developed considerably between 2005 and 2013 with the firm’s work in larger-scale projects in Europe and Asia. The National Gallery Singapore, under the direction of Jean Francois Milou (studioMilou), involves the restoration and reuse of two important colonial-period national monument, the City Hall and the Former Supreme Court, which lie at the heart of the Singapore civic district, was completed in 2015. The studio is also taking on residential projects in recent years in Hong Kong and Singapore and has opened a new office in Hanoi, underscoring its continued interest and involvement in Asia. Throughout his career, Jean-François Milou’s signature sensibility to contexts has consistently privileged simple, legible but innovative design using appropriate materials and respecting the fabric of existing buildings within their architectural, urban, natural and cultural settings. This clear and disciplined, yet highly sensitive approach to his architectural work has allowed Jean-François Milou to direct the design and the realisation of major projects both in France and abroad.