Francois Jeanneau

Chief Architect of Historic Monuments — Inspector General of Historic Monuments (ACMH — IGMN).
Represents the corps of Chief Architects of Historic Monuments under the Ministry of Culture and Communications of France, responsible for the preservation of cultural heritage objects belonging to the state in the territorial districts of the country and abroad.

Francois Jeanneau, a DPLG architect, PhD in History of Arts since 1980. Since the early days of his education, he had been interested in protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of France. As an architect committed to the cultural heritage of France, he became the best one at the contest of 1983. In 1982–1984 he occupied the position of a Deputy Mayor in Ille-et-Vilaine, and then, in 1984–1987 — in Dordogne. He won a competition to be assigned a Chief Architect in charge of historical monuments in 1987. First of all, he led projects in Hauts-de-Seine and Vendée, then in Vienne and Deux-Sèvres, Indre, La Manche and Mont Saint-Michel, in the State Archive and in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris.

He also has inspected historical sites since 2000. He is responsible for such regions as Bretagne, Provence-Cote d'-Azur, Corsica and MCC establishments in Rome (French charity organizations and the House of Medici).

In addition to his multiple projects on religious and civil buildings of France's monumental heritage of all eras, his major restoration works include the Roman canvas in the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe (world heritage); restoration of the Renaissance gallery in Сhateau d'Oiron; the facade of Notre-Dame la Grande, a church in Poitiers in a Western Roman style; restoration of the interiors (13th century) of the cathedral in Poitiers; Mont Saint-Michel (world heritage) where he has been leading multiple restoration works since 2001; La Manche with its Coutances Cathedral; a four-side strategic position in the State Archive of Paris with a restoration of the facade in the garden of the Hotel de Rohan (18th century) and installation of decorations in the first floor halls of the Orleans State Chancellery (18th century).

He gives lectures on stone working in École de Chaillot. He is a member of ICOMOS and a full member of the Architecture Academy. He is a Chevalier in the Order of Fine Arts and Humanities.