SRA Architectes employs more than fifty staff members. From the main office located in Paris, it is used to assign a dedicated team to each construction site for the whole duration of the erection.
That flexible and decentralized organization enables maximizing closeness and reactivity, so the most complex works can be achieved with respect to the client’s and architect’s design intents. Presently two site offices are settled, one at the First Tower in la Défense, and the other in Marseille at CMA CGM Tower.
After graduation in 1979 from the Versailles School of Architecture (UP3), he started his career with Saubot-Jullien. He has already enriched his prime experience with a skill yet unknown in France: the US architectural practice and processes while undertaking a Architecture Management MBA in Chicago. So he became the obvious interlocutor of Anglo–Saxon clients and is positioned early in his career at the core of exceptional projects which were an S-J office specialty: high rise buildings in la Défense. In charge of the Elf Tower construction package, he led the project which 30 years after completion is still an example of energy efficiency and “smart” building achievement.
At the turn of century he took a major step: after having being one of the head architects at Saubot-Jullien, thus involved with prestigious realizations such as Challenger, the Bouygues Headquarters with Kevin Roche, Jean Rouit sets his own office in 1991. That will naturally set a continuum with the high rise buildings expertise capitalizing and developing the Saubot-Jullien acquired experience – especially the associations with foreign architecture firms – while adding new valuable dynamics.
He is joined by Hervé Metge in 1994 and transforms the structure while founding “SRA Architectes” company in 2001, and welcomes a third partner: Clemence Fiant-Saubot.
As SRA Managing Partner and team leader, he is careful to cater for what he always liked in architecture: rigorous processes and monitoring organizational schemes. He guards the Office’s vision, and also maintains its fundamentals: mind openness with others – clients and partners – dialogue quality, an intact need for commitment into major funding projects whether present or future.
Hervé Metge graduated in 1981 from the Versailles School of Architecture (UP3), and started his way up at Saubot-Jullien where he met Jean Rouit. Working together on several grand projects, especially the Elf Tower in la Défense, will set up the base for their future partnership with an obvious complementarity: whereas Jean Rouit favors the process and management aspects, Hervé Metge recalls his initial vocation as a comic strip author. Nowadays that artistic sensibility is displayed in his position as design head, which is the guarantee of SRA aesthetic consistency while embodying his vision of architecture: an elegant and sober approach, carefully detailed and both rigorous and creative. His lines are: never replicate a design, figure out new solutions per the evolution of constraints and criteria, being inventive so to progress and attract clients.
He is also in charge of the interior design department at SRA stressing the idea that it is the same job, identical competences and know-how translated into a different scale of vision.
Today, with his Partners they are careful to strenghten the image of a Firm present on several fields: enhancing its expertise, designing its own projects such as the Guynemer building of which completion was a timescale and bureaucratic complexity challenge, rejuvenating old sites like the iconic Fiat Tower signed by Saubot Jullien and perpetuated by SRA, investigating new promising fields such as the sustainable development.
After graduation from the Versailles School of Architecture ( UP3 ) in 1990, Clemence Saubot was initiated by her Father Roger Saubot, to manage a large architectural firm. She undertook several collaborations between 1990 and 2000 with the Saubot-Jullien office, she thus naturally joined Jean Rouit and Hervé Metge to set up SRA Architectes.
She directed, among other projects, the completion of Pfizer Headquarters, Sofres Offices, and Bouygues Holding Headquarters for which she teamed up with the American Architect Kevin Roche.
Presently in charge of large projects, especially in la Defense, she is beforehand determined to control the projects from ‘the first line till the keys handover’.
Within the Office, Clemence Saubot relies upon a team of young architects to implement increasingly ambitious projects such as the Phare Tower (Morphosis) or the renovation of Challenger, the Bouygues Headquarters in St Quentin en Yvelines.
She has quite a knowledge of high rise buildings, her know-how being supplemented by the Office’s wide experience. Beyond thoughts about space, shape, environment which are the core of an architect’s task, she stresses the importance of her role in leading and coordinating the concept designs, technical and site studies in relationship with the project dynamic: the quality management of interacts amongst all actors is the key for successful projects.