Thomas Paturet, Architect

Rénovation, extension & construction

Je lance mon bureau à Bolquère dans les Pyrénées-Orientales (FR), à la jonction entre l’Espagne et la France. N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour tous vos projets de rénovation, extension et construction (disponible partout en France/Espagne). Je suis à votre entière disposition pour discuter et élaborer une démarche.

La valorisation de l’existant constitue la méthode du projet et un engagement permanent. À la recherche d’une architecture basée sur un dialogue constant entre fonction et design, entre l’usager et l’architecte. Une architecture consciente et inclusive qui se veut révélatrice des routines, des lieux, du paysage, des artisans et des matériaux locaux.

I am launching my office in Bolquère, Pyrénées-Orientales (FR), at the jonction between Spain and France. Do not hesitate to contact me for all your renovation, extension and construction projects (available anywhere in France/Spain). I am at your disposal to discuss and develop a process.

The valuation of the existing is the method of the project and a permanent commitment. In search of an architecture based on a constant dialogue between function and design, between the user and the architect. A conscious and inclusive architecture that is meant to reveal the routines, places, landscape, artisans and local materials.

American Backyard

Cartography produced to display and map the photography taken during the journey of Elliot & Genevieve through the U.S./Mexico border.


When Elliot Ross and Genevieve Allison traveled the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border it was the spring of 2017. The post-election climate had presented a stark new context for looking at cultural and political difference in the United States — and so many of these fragmenting narratives had found expression in the border wall debate.

Through an amalgam of portraiture and topographical studies of border security infrastructure, American Backyard looks at the reality of life on the border. Various cultural and political processes, which may be ambiguous elsewhere in the country, are amplified here. In an environment where the movement of both people and goods are vigilantly regulated, examined, and controlled—and where federal laws regularly don’t apply—questions of social injustice and discrimination are matters of resounding consequence.

In many ways a crucible, the border issue brought into focus the processes and ideals that bind this country together, as well as those that divide it. Beyond talk of "The Wall," Ross and Allison found a larger, less transparent story about our southern borderlands to do with acculturation, creolization, surveillance, inequality, diversity and compassion.

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Two Sides of the Border

Cartography & orthoimagery produced for the “Two Sides of the Border” exhibition.


Two Sides of the Border is an exhibition in the form of an atlas, a book that selectively draws space and defines borders in order to produce a preferred image. The new atlas presents three perspectives: projective, objective, and subjective. The projective atlas displays work from the 13 studios’ examinations which took on interdisciplinary approaches to study and propose projects dealing with cross border issues: migration, farming labor in Ohio and Kansas, and remittance houses in Mexico to name a few. The objective atlas shows new maps by Thomas Paturet, capitalizing on the assumption that maps have the capacity to dissolve North American borders by emphasizing other geospatial relationships. These are displayed alongside historic maps presenting 400 years of shifting borders in the region, destabilizing the collective imagination of the border. The subjective atlas is a photo essay by the photographer Iwan Baan who traveled to each of the studio sites to capture their changing landscapes and architecture’s role in these regional relationships.

Two Sides of the Border aims to redefine the region and simultaneously is a collaborative project that redefines North American pedagogy. The academic initiative fluidly spans language, borders, institutions and nationalities—all based on the shared interest in developing a comprehensive and unified imagination of the region.

The exhibition is organized by the Mexico City-based architect and educator Tatiana Bilbao and is designed and curated by NILE.

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Un Feu Distinct I

Satellite imagery of forest fires.

Un feu distinct m’habite, et je vois froidement
La violente vie illuminée entière…
Je ne puis plus aimer seulement qu’en dormant
Ses actes gracieux mélangés de lumière.

Mes jours viennent la nuit me rendre des regards,
Après le premier temps de sommeil malheureux ;
Quand le malheur lui-même est dans le noir épars
Ils reviennent me vivre et me donner des yeux.

Que si leur joie éclate, un écho qui m’éveille
N’a rejeté qu’un mort sur ma rive de chair,
Et mon rire étranger suspend à mon oreille,

Comme à la vide conque un murmure de mer,
Le doute, — sur le bord d’une extrême merveille,
Si je suis, si je fus, si je dors ou je veille?

Paul Valéry, Album de vers anciens: 1890–1900, 1920