Practiced

“I’m really settled in Chamonix, even though I wasn’t born here. I moved here from Paris, seeking a new quality of life and things have turned out pretty well.

What’s quite extraordinary is that I’m not a great skier or mountain lover. I don’t go climbing or do any extreme sports, but the natural surroundings are here and that’s what I like.

There’s always something to do in Chamonix. In my work as an architect, I meet a vast array of people. We work on both high-end projects and more atypical plans – the Valley has a diverse heritage and that’s obviously very interesting.

In Chamonix, everyone feels responsible for the environment.  My husband and I have chosen to live in the town and we hardly ever use our car as there’s plenty of public transport. In the end, it’s like a small village with a family feel to it. For example, there’s an association called Boutch à Boutch that introduces landowners to apprentice gardeners, so that they can grow things together. It’s all about sharing.”

Emmanuelle Guerard,
Architect, Decalaage Architecture

Practiced

A graduate from a Paris School of architecture, Emmanuelle has been living and working in Chamonix since 2007. Her work integrates an ecological approach, combining respect for tradition and a more contemporary spirit.

Take a look at the projects of Ateliers Decalaage Architecture:

http://www.decalaage.com/

Emmanuelle Guerard,
Architect, Decalaage Architecture

Practiced

“Vallorcine is my garden. I sometimes spend Wednesday afternoons at the Hôtel du Buet with my children. We get away from the imposing aspect of the mountains, to seek out a gentler side. “

Emmanuelle Guerard,
Architect, Decalaage Architecture