studioMilou Heritage also covers projects spanning over three decades, which have contributed to studioMilou’s leading role as an international firm specializing in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, be they listed monuments or other structures, public or private, which may not have gazetted status, but which merit rejuvenation as a means of ensuring, through new interpretations and functions, their ongoing relevance. Among the studio’s recent heritage projects are the multiple award-winning National Gallery Singapore (2015), which transformed two of Singapore’s largest monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall, into Southeast Asia’s largest visual arts institution. In Vietnam, the studio has launched design work to convert the beautiful viaduct of Hanoi into a flourishing series of artistic and commercial spaces that journey across the city, revitalizing and conserving this rare historic infrastructure. In Europe, La Comedie St Etienne transformed a former factory in Central eastern France, opening it in 2018 as a theatre and drama centre, while Le Carreau du Temple (2013) repurposed one of Paris’ last remaining and much loved 19th century metal and steel marketplaces into an acclaimed cultural, sporting and events venue.
Concurrently, studioMilou Heritage covers the punctual heritage missions led by Jean Francois Milou for UNESCO, the French Government and other governments and cultural agencies for sites including the Taj Mahal in India, Lumbini in Nepal, and the paleontological site of Dmanissi in Georgia. More recently, the studio has been engaged to advise on the Fine Arts Museum of Georgia, in Tbilisi, building on its previous experience developing a master plan for the city’s arts and museum precinct.
Complementing Jean Francois’ architectural perspectives and conservation expertise, Suzanne brings over two decades of experience working as a consultant with UNESCO’s Culture Sector on tangible and intangible heritage and museum projects. Her extensive experience developing and managing operational projects in various regions of the world, liaising with diverse governmental and non-governmental partners, ensures the studio’s work meets international standards and maintains a constant sensitivity to the wider historical, natural and community contexts of each project.
Jean François Milou
Born in Niort in 1953
École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Jean François Milou graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (UP6) in 1978, working as an architect from 1980 to 1995. In 1996, he established studioMilou architecture SARL in association with Marie Rivalant and John Lampros.
Head of International Development & Heritage Projects
Born in Melbourne in 1971
Masters in Ethnology: Ecole des hautes Etudes en sciences sociales, Paris
Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne
1999-present Consultant for UNESCO Cultural Heritage Projects & Museum Development