— Scholar 2024 —

Guillaume Landier

Architect DPLG (ENSA Paris-Belleville), studies at the Politecnico di Milano (Italie) in 2000-2001. 
He gets a DSA Architecture et Patrimoine, École de Chaillot, Paris, 2019. 
He also hold a Master II Géographie sociale et développement durable (Université du Maine) and a CMA Gravure Édition (École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Paris).

His professional career began with a Cultural mission of the city of Djenné (Mali). 
He continues in Milan, Italy, in the architectural agency of Mr. De Giorgi (1999), and then as Freelance architect with CLS Architetti in 2014-2017.
In 2000-2001, he is an architect-programmer at I. Crosnier and then IAU IDF in the Institute of Urban Planning and Development, Paris.
In 2018-2019, he is Freelance architect with CERES Architecture et Paysage, Grenoble. 
En 2003-2020, he collaborates with SEURA Architects and Urban Planners
Since 2020, he is Senior Project Manager at AREP heritage unit.

Research topic
The current situation of railway heritage in the United States

As Guillaume Landier worked on some of the pioneering achievements that bear witness to the invention of rail transports, it became clear to him just how much the development of the new system was the result of extremely fruitful international technology transfers.



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Until the first quarter of the 20th century, when they were at the peak of their expansion, rail networks in France and the United States underwent very similar technical developments.
Since then, these networks have remained at the forefront of terrestrial transportation on both sides of the Atlantic, but their function and the technology they use have diverged considerably. 

For G. Landier, this is the first reason to take an interest in America’s railway heritage, in a comparative perspective with Europe.
The second reason is that it also represents a monumental heritage.
The third reason is that rail is one of the solutions put forward today to respond to the dual environmental and energy crisis facing our societies.

The proposed survey would provide a up-to-date snapshot of America’s railway heritage, a contribution to a general inventory of railroad heritage and its memory.
The approach would be twofold, studying, on the one hand, the technological evolution, and on the other, the human dimension of the railroad.
G Landier selected seven historic railroad lines which, taken together, form the mythical intercontinental connection.
This comparative study will draw on the extensive network of railway museums that exists, on historical associations. Site visits will serve to document and illustrate this survey.
This will also be to include the views of the people who operate, protect, study, conserve or restore this heritage, as well as those who simply use or visit it.

The railroad was born at the same time as the concept of heritage. 
This heritage is not an object of the past; it questions the present and prepares the future.