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Founded in 2010, urbanmakers operates in the spheres of architecture, urban planning and design. The agency has a national presence and currently employs nearly 25 people based in Paris and Nantes.
Convinced that a successful project is the fruit of maximum involvement, our team benefits from a broad range of skills to see projects through to completion. BIM management, visualisation tools, project economics and construction management are all part of a solid, integrated approach.

urbanmakers is built around the cross and complementary conceptions of its partners. Antoine Motte – founding partner – is the chief architect, he defines the conceptual and architectural line. Axel Le Mintier – founding partner – is an engineer and he benefits from high performance in project management. Bruno Trovalet (partner in 2020) distinguishes himself with a fine creativity, especially highlighted during competitions.

We are particularly committed to ensuring that the various partners involved in a project adhere to the idea of a joint project, even if their interests sometimes seem to diverge. The environment in which we operate is all at once political, technical, fast-moving and standardised: our creativity, our ability to synthesise ideas and our ability to listen are at the heart of our expertise.

We give major importance to the ongoing training of our teams in the field of low-carbon construction. Our agency is involved in developing projects that celebrate the use of biosourced materials, while guaranteeing their sustainability.

Since its creation, urbanmakers has developed solid expertise in :
• Collective housing (with more than 2,500 homes built).
• Mixed-use buildings.
• Business, office and industry buildings.
• Urban renewal.
• Renovation of 19th and 20th century buildings.
• School buildings.
• Interior architecture.

Antoine Motte, DPLG architect, associate and partner
Born in 1975, Antoine Motte graduated from Paris-la-Seine School of Architecture. In 2001 the French architecture academy rewarded him with the best diploma award (Robert Camelot award) for “the hedgehog’s dilemma”, a project that was also prizewinner of the Europan 6 competition. Then he joined Jacques Ferrier Architecture (Paris) for a decade where he managed several projects, including large scale public and private developments. Two years in Shanghai (2004-2005) helped him improve his knowledge of international working methods and allowed him to lead the international projects of Jfa. He founded Urbanmakers in Nantes in 2010 in the belief that the historical European city is an incredible source of inspiration in terms of emotion, poetry, density and for its resilience abilities. He is passionate with materiality & symbolic meaning and has a strong interest in mixed-use buildings where several activities or people are living together. Street pleasure is extremely important for him. Antoine Motte regularly takes part into competition juries.

Axel Le Mintier, ESTP engineer, associate and partner
Born in 1976, Axel graduated from Paris ESTP Civil engineering school in 2000. After four years as engineering consultant for Altran group working on buildings Project Ownership Assistance he joined real estate development companies (Cil Atlantique, Atrealis and then Ataraxia) where he gained housing operational experience through project contracting of several residential developments in the west part of France.
Actively involved in city development, he is always looking for the best compromise and good relationships between cities, planners and architects. This active participation in urban territory transformation increases his architecture sensitivity.
He co-founded urbanmakers in 2010 where mathematical and quantitative approach and his rationality are dedicated to the design. He ensures the plan accuracy, consistency of the project between shapes and use and cost control. Having a global view on the project he is the conductor during study phases. Axel does have a strong sensitivity to space reversibility, especially for ground floors.

Bruno Trovalet, DE HMONP architect, associated
Born in 1985, Bruno graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (National School of Architecture) in Nantes. He started studying civil engineering for 3 years mainly in Denmark, and this Scandinavian experience was a real eye-opener for him: with the willingness to broaden the scope, he naturally moves towards architecture & urban planning.
Eager to face challenges, Bruno takes part in several student competitions, and is awarded to the Construire Acier contest. He has joined urbanmakers as a young graduate since its launch in 2010 and has quickly become the historical partner, showing his ability to lead projects of various scales according to the agency growth (student housing in Rennes, school equipment, large scale housings). In 2019 the restaurant project Canopée proves his sense of aesthetics and his real talent for interior design. Bruno is a fabric, colors and lights enthusiastic. He has a strong interest in spaces sensuality, focusing on their arrangement abilities. Perceiving architecture as a link between various areas, Bruno is fond of design teamwork, gathering several experts around the same project.

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