Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

With Jacques Ferrier

from September 18th to September 29th 2023

The Program

Learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical learning, defining a professional project and collective work.

  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to window making.
  • The ability to develop and present your work, your practice, your ideas.
  • The ability to research a subject.
  • The ability to work collectively.

Content of the program

My project for Campus MaNa considers a new approach to building elements in light of the challenges posed by urban society. Two of these issues will be the main drivers of a reflection that is intended to be out of step with current design.

The question of building elements in the context of the climate crisis and the requirements of frugality in terms of energy and resource consumption. In this reflection, each element cannot be considered in isolation, but must be placed in a new technical ecosystem.

The view of the building element as essential to the relationship between the inhabitant and his environment. This relationship was reduced to nothing by functional architecture and industrial production. It is a question of finding a resonance between the building and the everyday experience. The pleasure of understanding, the desire for use, the freedom of appropriation, will be sensitive values that will be systematically compared with the ecological performance of the project.

The project will be carried out in a transversal practice that does not dissociate gesture from thought.

The theme of the workshop will be “living in the window”.

The window, and more generally the bay, is an essential element of the architecture.

“An opening of any function, arranged in a built part, and its framing” (Vocabulaire de l'Architecture, Imprimerie Nationale, 1972), the window has always been a fundamental constant of the aesthetics and the use of buildings. A reflection on the window and its cloaking devices cannot therefore go without a perspective in the history of architecture and especially the question of styles.

As such, it is a subject of debate. Let us mention only the one between Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier between vertical window and ribbon window.

With regard to the aesthetic approach, it must also be included in the technical adventure: the opening is a challenge for the constructive device. To remove material is to remove the resistance of a section of wall. From the first constructions to modernity, passing through the Romanesque arch, the classical lintel, to reinforced concrete, the window is a subject of permanent innovation and reinvention.

At the start of the 1950s, the window even seemed to dissolve into a radical transformation with the development of the curtain wall, a transparent façade with no openings anymore.

Is a window that no longer opens still a window? The relationship with ventilation highlights the link between the window and the overall constructive devices of a building. All the construction elements - windows, floors, ceilings, stairs, partitions - are part of a technical ecosystem from which they cannot be detached. The appearance of mechanical air conditioning in 1901 profoundly questioned the relationship of interior spaces with their environment. Now we have to "open the window" again.


From cinema to painting, via literature and comics, the window has always been associated with a rich and abundant imagination. The window is the elsewhere, the dream, the sky, the fantastic, the unknown. It is what makes it possible to see, to hide and to be seen. In systems of oppression and confinement, it frustrates and constrains but also allows one to escape, to get away. The window is the place of all possibilities, it is synonymous with freedom. By focusing on its imagination and its representations, the window can thus be perceived as the catalyst for a reflection on the quality and habitability of our contemporary architecture.

From an environmental angle, it is urgent to reconsider the window today. The climate crisis has encountered a brake on the use of air conditioning, the use of materials such as PVC and aluminum responsible for a poor CO2 balance, the size of the windows glazing. To this must be added the necessary shift from massive and globalized prefabrication to more local production that respects contextual know-how.

The window is at the intersection of multiple sustainable development issues.

Finally, the window is much more than a bay that lets in air and light. It is a space in itself, a threshold between exterior and interior, between intimate and public. It can integrate technical elements - heating, lighting -, storage, a seat, a deep doorway to be able to stand there. Complemented by shutters, net curtains, curtains, the window is an inhabited decor that signals the spirit of an era, a culture and a society. In urban housing with minimal surfaces, the window must play a new role in the daily life of the inhabitants, provided that it operates a shift from the ordinary control. »


With Jacques Ferrier



Jacques Ferrier is an architect and urban planner. A graduate of the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture and the Ecole Centrale de Paris, he founded his agency in Paris in 1993 and has been working in France and abroad ever since. His projects are part of the same philosophy: design an architecture and a city for a creative and sustainable society. Jacques Ferrier is the author of numerous articles and books on architecture. His work has been the subject of monographs, notably “The architecture of Jacques Ferrier” published by Thames & Hudson, London. Jacques Ferrier is Professor. He was appointed Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of Arts and Letters.

Pauline Marchetti and Jacques Ferrier have collaborated since 2008 with the creation of the French pavilion for the Shanghai World Exhibition. Since then, they have developed a large number of public and private projects, combining research and architecture.

Their work has been the subject of several international exhibitions, including “Impressionismus” at the Architektur Galerie in Berlin; “Non Oppressive Design” at DOKK1 in Aarhus and “A vision for the sensual city” in Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

The Centre de design de l'Université du Québec à Montréal devoted them a monographic exhibition, “Entre-Deux”, in the fall of 2019.

They give numerous lectures, including to the Harvard Design School at Columbia University and the AIA Centre for Architecture. Their work has been published in a wide range of prestigious books, including Arca International, Details, National Geographic and Time Magazine.

Clémentin Rachet, assistant architect and theorist

Clémentin Rachet is a hmonp architect, teacher and PhD student at ENSA Nantes (AAU laboratory, CRENAU team). His research focuses on the representation of ordinary spaces in contemporary literature and has been the subject of and several publications. Since 2017, he has been collaborating with the architecture and research agency Ferrier Marchetti Studio.

Mathieu Luzurier, carpenter/cabinetmaker

Mathieu Luzurier is a craftsman from La Puisaye, cabinetmaker. He studied at the Ecole Boulle, the art of highlighting the multiple species of wood both solid and veneer using traditional and modern techniques.

Born and raised in Paris, Mathieu started to study Biochemistry and bacteriology in high school. Then he went to Ecole Boulle and he graduated as a cabinet maker. During his learning process, he went to several workshops, such as Bernard Mauffret, Marc Desnoyer or Alexandre Fougea. Mathieu worked for a few companies in Paris and London (A.K.A Design), and it is in 2016 that he started running his own company, in Burgundy, known as M.A.C. He makes furnitures, wardrobes, kitchens, woodenfloors, etc. He fit his work and his aesthetic in spaces with a sharp attention to detail. As a child of a “jack of all trades”, Mathieu masters the main knowledge in many fields of construction in order to renew houses from floors to ceilings.



  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the program starts
  • Material provided
  • Technical learning via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools
  • Includes : an introduction to the working of these tools, explanations for good maintenance and training on how to use them
  • Set-up of your own « technical passeport » combining evaluations and upgrades of tools & assembling techniques, particularly through fundamental exercises
  • Follow-up on your work at MaNa, daily meetings, intermediate rendering and collective presentation in the end of the training
  • Individual meeting on your current practice, based on the portfolio, allowing to reinforce, correct or orientate different questions
  • Active participation and experimentation of participants is encouraged and prioritized

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

End-of-training evaluation in the form of collective feedback
Documented and well-argued final project presentation file

Mid-days sign-in sheets
Termination certificate

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.
from September 18th to September 29th 2023
12 days
9AM-1PM – 2PM-6PM
at Campus Mana
Group size:
15 participants maximum
3900€ inc VAT
This rate includes the cost of the training, accommodation with full board, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Agenda :

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

Pour toute situation de handicap merci de nous contacter afin d’envisager la faisabilité

Access period :

Up to 15 days before the workshop depending on availability.
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