Inessa Hansch is principal of Inessa Hansch Architecte, founded in 2007 in Paris, France. Her practice works at varied scales, with projects ranging from furniture and buildings to installations within urban space and urban planning. Often collaborating with landscape architects, Hansch aims to anchor each built form in its environment to reveal the specific character and true potential of the site.
Born in Belgium, Inessa Hansch received her diploma in architecture from the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc in Brussels; she also holds a town planning certificate from the Institut Supérieur d’Urbanisme et de Rénovation in Brussels. She pursued postgraduate studies in urbanism at the Institut d’Architecture de l’université de Genève (now part of l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).
Her office won the Prix du Palmarès for Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape 2014 CAUE 78 for a project in Versailles. Currently under development are a number of projects in Europe and the United States, including the public space of Caen (France) with the creation of site installations and public facilities, and the Novartis campus in East Hanover, New Jersey, where architectural elements convey specific uses within a park. A recent commission for Southampton wharf in Le Havre features the design of light structures and pavillions on the wharf. On the edge of Versailles garden, Hansch is in charge of the urban design of Caserne Pion, where she is composing a city garden of 500 units of housing.
By Michel Desvigne and Inessa Hansch