Pierre Jeanneret

Pierre Jeanneret , born 2 March 1896 and died 4 December 1967, was a Swiss architect and furniture designer from Geneva. In 1922 he began working with his cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret (who assumed the pseudonym Le Corbusier) with whom he shared research projects and design criteria in a profound and life-long professional relationship. In 1926 they published their manifesto “Five Points Towards a New Architecture” which served as the backbone for their architectural aesthetic. Quickly here after they build The Villa Savoye that serves as a representation for their outlined ideology. And in October 1927, the pair decided to draw on the contribution of a young architect who had already begun to establish a reputation on the architectural scene of the time: Charlotte Perriand.

Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again and famously after the War, designing and producing low cost buildings for the community of Chandigarh in India. Le Corbusier left the project mid-way and Jeanneret became the Chief Architect and Urban Planning Designer.

He stayed in Chandigarh for fifteen years and the city evolved into a landmark of modern architecture.Pierre Jeanneret stayed on in Chandigarh after its construction, advising the local government in his appointed capacity as Chief Architect of the city.

On his death, in accordance with his will, Pierre Jeanneret’s ashes were scattered in Chandigarh’s central lake.

“L’architecture Corbu à Chandigarh ne serait peut-etre pas sans Pierre”

-Le Corbusier-