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Architecture Department


The Ifa is both a place for reflection, exhibition and memory of 20th and 21st-century architecture. It is above all an institute that produces programs devoted to disseminating living architectural creation in France and abroad to a broad range of publics.

A resource centre for contemporary architectural production in France, it contributes to its international influence. It pairs actions for contemporary creation and experimentation and awareness-raising focused on the contemporary environment (cities, landscapes, techniques) through diversified events both on its own site and elsewhere. The Ifa also works closely with economic partners and networks (companies, local administrations, associations).

A constituent element, along with the Centre des hautes études de Chaillot, of the Centre d’architecture, located in the Pavillon d’About in the Palais de Chaillot, the Ifa is first and foremost a watch centre concerned with the city, architecture and landscape. This mission calls for varied programming, covering the diverse intervention fields of architects, urban planners and landscape designers. The centre’s different spaces offer the public solo or thematic exhibitions as well as a critical reflection through the presentation of the most interesting experiments in progress, accompanied by commentary. It is also a venue for exchanges on architecture and the city.

The exhibitions of the New Events Galleries are paired with a dense program of encounters and debates, permitting the players (architects and project managers, clients, elected officials, associations, etc.) to dialogue with each other and with citizens in purpose-built spaces, notably an auditorium/projection room and a “partners” space. Lastly, the Ifa is a hub for all the information and dissemination networks of French and international architectural culture.

The Centre d’architecture thus handles the dual function of transmitter and receiver in cultural production and moderates debates. In the framework of the Cité, the Ifa also has a library, an archives centre and a monthly publication, Archiscopie.