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MADELEINE NIEPCERON Architecture Portfolio

University at Buffalo - ENSAPVS - Iowa State University


A tout âge « Across All Ages »

The Right angle

Les collégiens de la zone « Suburban middle school »

Trois places pour Vitry « Three squares for the city of Vitry »

> Mix-used building // Boulogne-Billancourt, France // 2018-2019

> Courthouse & housing // Des Moines, Iowa // Spring 2018

> Middle school // Ivry-sur-Seine, France // Spring 2017

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> Urban project // Vitry-sur-Seine, France // Spring 2016


Challenges of accessibility and inclusiveness in architecture 30

Structural analysis

Windows on Lisbon

> Masters thesis, Paris, France // Fall 2018

> The Centre Pompidou - Metz // Fall 2017

> Architecture field trip // Spring 2016

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Resume > January 2020




Mix-used building // Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2018-2019 // ENSAPVS // Prof : J-H. Baju & J-F. Laurent Individual work


Over the past decades, the population’s accelerated aging rate has become a major issue in the world. This important demographic shift has a significant impact on the architectural profession : in fact, housing is today one of the key issues for senior citizens. The objective of this project is to develop an inclusive environment for older people with various needs and abilities to age within the city, while also maintaining and enhancing their relationships with the exterior. The main focus of this project, located in Boulogne-Billancourt, a Parisian suburb, is a eighty-beds seniors residence, divided into 3 different types of accommodation based on the level of autonomy of the inhabitants : a nursing home unit, a Alzheimer’s special care unit and an independent living unit. This residence is associated to an Alzheimer’s day care center, as well as a nursery school, a community restaurant that is aimed to receive residents from the migrant shelters nearby as well as any other person living or working in the neighborhood, a cafe/bar, 10 artist studios and an art gallery, all organized around two exterior public spaces. 3

A strategic location, in a diverse and heterogeneous urban fabric in the midst of a complete renewal - Objectives of the city’s master plan at the scale of the city :

Reinforce and extend the dynamics of the city center

Promote and develop the existing public spaces

3. Maintain, emphasize and strengthen the green spaces

- Objectives of the city’s master plan at the scale of the neighborhood :

Redesign public spaces and open the block centers to the pedestrians

Foster linkage with the city center to the north and the new neighborhood to the west

Renew, develop and expand the offer in terms of public facilities and equipements

Flux & Access


- Challenges at the scale of the plot :



A mix-used building that supports social and cultural diversity on the site to help combat the exclusion and isolation of the senior residents

Artist studios 1000 m2

Square Nursery Alzheimer’s day maintenance school care center 40 m2

480 m2

360 m2

Seniors residence 4260 m2

Alzheimer’s special care unit 11 Beds


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1a 2 6



Gallery 75 m2

Cafe / Bar Community Restaurant 220 m2

400 m2

Nursing home unit 28 Beds

Independent living unit 37 Beds


A ground floor opened onto the city, organized around two exterior public spaces : the Plaza the Square Plan and du Rez-de-Chaussée, 1/200



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Ground floor plan Madeleine Niepceron - DE FAIRE // Projet de Fin d’Etudes // Jacques-Henri Baju



A building structured around numerous public and private exterior spaces

Private balconies

Alzheimer’s unit terrace

Plaza & cafe terrace

1,5 - 7 m2

220 m2

700 m2

Therapeutic vegetable garden & terrace 520 m2

Square 1 800 m2

Outdoor spaces of the nursery school 400 m2


In the seniors residence, different types of accomodations based on the level of autonomy of the patients organized around opened shared spaces

Common floor plan

Section A-A


A building opened onto the city with large openings in all the private and shared spaces

View from a bedroom in the nursing home unit

View from the atrium


A facade system that offers large openings onto exterior balconies and allows for different levels of light occultation based on the residents’ needs 15










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Common floors

1. Reinforced concrete wall 2. Rock wool 3. Precast concrete panels (Ductal) 4. Timber sliding shutter 5. Slatted wood siding 6. Fixed double-glazed window 7. Sliding double-glazed window

Detailed sections of the facade


Top floors

8. Roller blind 9. Thermal breake 10. Wooden handrail 11. Imbedded glass railing 12. Concrete covering 13. Concrete slab 14. Rainwater inlet

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15. Polystyrene insulation 16. Pavers on paving supports 17. Spade 18. Waterproofing 19. Concrete slab 20. Thin acoustic underlay 21. Wooden floor

...This innovative system used in different versions throughout the whole project to reinforce the sense of community on the site



Courthouse & housing // Des Moines, Iowa, USA Spring 2018 // Iowa State University // Prof : T. Leslie Team work


Since the destruction of the Riverfront YMCA building in Des Moines in 2015, a battle over what to do with the site started between the city and the feds. Indeed, if the city wants the site to be used for private development, the feds would like to use it to implant the new courthouse. The idea of this project is to combine both programs to create a design providing on the same site a courthouse, as well as housing and commercial spaces. In order to answer to one of the city’s unusual characteristic, the landscape plan and building forms are aligned along the 15 degree difference in the two Des Moines grids : the old grid that aligns with the river, and the jeffersonian north - south grid. Taking advantage of the riverfront position, an opening between the courthouse tower and the south residential building is created, thus allowing pedestrians to move through the site from downtown to the riverfront without obstruction. The two buildings are visually connected by an arch occupied by a restaurant, that frames the city hall on the other side of the river. 13

Three types of courtrooms determining three floor typologies for the courthouse, accessed via a central vertical circulation...

Special Proceedings Courtroom

Marshalls Offices Bankrupty




Special proceedings


Judges Library Jury Public Loading Courtrooms

Schematic section of the courthouse


Schematic plans of the courthouse

... Thus defining the shape of the building in response to the two city grids


Four types of apartments extended with terraces and loggias thanks to the shape of the residential buildings

Deluxe 2 bedrooms

Standard 1 bedroom

Standard 2 bedrooms


Appartment plans, 4th floor, Scale : 1/500


Courthouse building

The whole complex organized around a public plaza leading to the riverfront



Middle school for 400 students // Ivry-sur-Seine, France Spring 2017 // ENSAPVS // Prof : M. Jacotey & C-A. De Beauvais Individual work


This project is a 400 students middle school, located in Ivry-sur-Seine, a southern suburb of Paris. The site is located along the Parisian ring-road expressway, one of the busiest and the loudest expressways in Europe, and has a very atypical topography and position, at the intersection of very different areas of the city. Thus, the objective for this project is twofold : first, to create a positive learning environment for the students, protected against the noise and the pollution generated by the expressway, but also to use the surrounding urban heterogeneity to create a middle school opened onto the city and its diversity, in order to connect students with the exterior, and more broadly, make them discover the world. The building, standing in the middle of the site, take the form of a double ring, organized around two exterior circular spaces separated by a difference in height of 4 meters. This implantation enables the creation of a protected space for the students, but also underline the pivotal position of the middle school by creating a smooth and vegetated transition, in the continuity of the green pathway located to the south of the site. 19

An implantation on the site that reinforce the pivotal position of the middle school, while limiting the disruptions created by the expressway

0. Topography

Natural slope of the site

1. Recreation Exterior spaces

Third floor plan

2. Work Building

3. Protection

Elevation towards the expressway

Second floor plan


4. Opening

Access & shared spaces with the city

A building interacting with the city despite its ring shape


A building organized around two circular playgrounds but also opened onto the green spaces around it

View of the upper playground

Section on the upper playground

Section on the lower playground


A building covered with a double skin, thus creating a protected environment that is conductive to learning


TROIS PLACES POUR VITRY Urban project // Vitry-sur-Seine, France Spring 2016 // ENSAPVS // Prof : D. Lenglart & D. Wurz Team work


Vitry-sur-Seine, located in the suburbs of Paris, is a very important city in the development and extension of the French capital, as it contributes to the Grand Paris project. Indeed, work is underway in Vitry-sur-Seine to create two new underground stations for the « Grand Paris Express » which is a project of public transportation for Paris and its suburbs. The project is concentrated in the center of the town, around the future « Vitry Centre » underground station. This area has a lot of assets such as a Modern Art Museum, the Mac Val, a market, a theater, the city hall, and so on. However it is also characterized by several deficiencies : the RD5, the main road, creates a cut between east and west, and the « dalle Robespierre » is insecure and not used by pedestrians. Attractive places of Vitry-sur-Seine have poor connections with each others, which is why the main driver of this project is to establish links in the city center of Vitry, by creating a succession of public spaces from the future underground station to the market square, a very important place for Vitry’s inhabitants. Three squares are created, to redefine the city center for pedestrians, and to make the town more attractive. 25

A city center closed in on itself, not designed for pedestrian traffic

1. Diagnosis

Fragmentation of the city centre by the major road (RD5) that cut the city center in half

2. Objectives

Opening the city centre to the pedestrians using existing public and green spcaes


Project : Open, densify, structure


Three squares along an axis to structure the city centre...






... Designed to attract the new pedestrians that the underground will bring

1. The underground station square

2. The school square

3. The market square


CHALLENGES OF ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSIVENESS IN ARCHITECTURE : The example of senior nursing homes Master’s thesis // Original title : Enjeux de l’accessibilité et de l’inclusivité en architecture Fall 2018 // ENSAPVS // Prof : E. Doutriaux & E. Delprat Individual work

0. Exclusion

1. Accessibility

2. Integration

3. Inclusion


4. Inclusiveness

Case Study : Maison Yersin - Brenac & Gonzalez (Paris, France - 2016)



Centre Pompidou - Metz, France Fall 2017 // Iowa State University // Prof : R. Whitehead Team work



Architecture field trip // Lisbon, Portugal Spring 2016 // ENSAPVS // Prof : D. Lenglart & D. Wurz Team work


RESUME January 2020

EXPERIENCE August 2019 - Present

Graduate teaching assistant, SUNY at Buffalo // Buffalo, New-York - Graduate Teaching Assistant for ARC 101 (freshman studio) in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo

June-September 2018

Architecture internship, Architectures Anne Demians // Paris, France - Worked on a housing project (200 apartments) located in Paris - Involved in the Construction Administration phase of the project - Worked on 2D construction documents and progress inspections on site

July 2016

Architecture internship, Atelier Mozart // Paris, France

July 2015

Construction site internship, Bouygues Bâtiment // Saint-Denis, France

February 2011

- Worked on several housing and office buildings projects located in France - Involved in feasibility studies, schematic design and design development phases - Worked on facades design development, 3D modeling, and client presentations

- Worked on a student housing project in Saint-Denis (a parisian suburb) - Worked with site engineers - Involved in contractors supervision and progress reports

Real Estate internship, Nexity // La Défense, Paris, France - Observation internship in a Real Estate company

EDUCATION 2019 - Present

2014 - 2019

Master of Architecture // Buffalo, New York - State University of New York at Buffalo - Graduate Research Group : Inclusive Design

Licence & Master en Architecture (French equivalent to a US Bachelor of Architecture degree) // Ames, Iowa & Paris, France

- 2018 - Present : « Master en architecture » - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Val-de-Seine - 2017 - 2018 : Study exchange program - Iowa State University - 2014-2017 : « Licence en architecture » - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Val-de-Seine June 2014

Scientific high school Diploma // Boulogne-Billancourt, France Lycée Notre Dame de Boulogne














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Madeleine Niepceron - Architecture Portfolio  

Currently in my first year of Master's degree at the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, New-York), this portfolio contains a selection my best...

Madeleine Niepceron - Architecture Portfolio  

Currently in my first year of Master's degree at the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, New-York), this portfolio contains a selection my best...