Françoise-Hélène Jourda, born 26 November 1955 in Lyon, France. Winner of the UIA’s 2008 Auguste Perret Prize, Jourda is one of the most prominent French figures in the architecture sector. She taught architecture at the prestigious institutions including the Ecole d’Architecture de Lyon, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, the University of Minnesota, the Polytechnic of Central London, the Technical University of Kassel, Germany, and the Vienna University of Technology. She headed EO-CITE, an architecture and urban planning consulting firm.
Named a “pioneer of ecological architecture” by Le Monde, Jourda’s works include the Mont-Cenis Academy in the Ruhr, Germany, the Architecture School of Lyon (1999), the University of Marne la Vallée (1992), the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Melun (1994), the Babka Un Chocolat at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique and the Musée du Jardin botanique in Bordeaux (2006). Her "éNergie zérO" project in Saint Denis (2008) is the first total energy saving building in France. She died aged59 on 1 June 2015.
Jourda’s Paris firm, JAP (Jourda Architectes Paris), continues under her name.