Titan was established in 2011 by Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau, and Romain Pradeau with both a commitment to simplicity and functionality and the aim of creating a poetic response to the built environment. Born through the evocation of the distinctive industrial past of the city of Nantes, the name of the firm refers to the old docks on the Loire River, with its shipyards and cranes, which are an integral part of its history. One focus of their work is to contribute to a shared cultural awareness in order to foster sustainable change by addressing current challenges and future needs with regard to cultural preservation in terms of material use. Their body of work includes residential, cultural and educational projects, as well as civic and technical buildings, alongside multidisciplinary research on construction materials with the aim of creating new possibilities. The office has won international awards such as AJAP 2018, 40 under 40, Green Good Design Award 2016, and Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes Ligériens in 2011. In 2018, Titan is finalist at the AR Emerging Awards, the Blueprint Awards, Le Geste d’Or, ADC Awards 2019 and the Bauwelt Preis 2019.
Mathieu Barré was born in France in 1986. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes in 2008, after which he gained experience at diverse offices in France. His approach mediates between the most intangible ideas to the most technically perfect realizations. He was recently honoured with the AJAP 2018 award.
François Guinaudeau was born in France in 1985. He holds a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes. His context-based approach accentuates a relationship to nature, and to landscape. He currently teaches at his alma mater, and more recently has been awarded the AJAP.
Romain Pradeau was born in France in 1985. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes and worked as an architect at various offices. Central to his approach is his research on fabrication, material, and form. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Maison de l’Architecture des Pays de Loire, and is a recipient of the AJAP 2018 award.
Titan has been shortlisted for the BAUWELT Award – Das erste Haus 2019.
Titan has been shortlisted for the ADC Awards 2019.
Titan is among the finalists for the AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2018.
Titan has been honoured with Geste de Bronze at LE GESTE D’OR Awards 2018.
The Welcome Pavilion has been shortlisted for the Blueprint Awards 2018 in the category Best Public-Use Project With Public Funding.
Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau and Romain Pradeau have won the 40 under 40 awards, initiated by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum as a bi-annual program to identify the next generation of architects and designers who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas.
Titan has won AJAP– Album des Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes 2018, a European award for young architects and landscape designers organized by the French Ministry of Culture.
The project for the Research Centre in the University of Nantes has won the Good Design Award.
10 Passive Housing Units is finalist in the WAN Future Projects Residential Award 2016.
Titan has been awarded the Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes Ligériens in 2011.