The Campus of Malaquais

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Courtyard of Malaquais, June 2016

As my semester abroad in Paris comes to an end, I realize I never documented my school’s campus. I studied for six months at École Nationale Superieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (otherwise known as Malaquais), located in central Paris within the Beaux Arts complex. There is so much history embedded into the walls – accompanied by graffiti. The Beaux Arts school stands as a historically important academy due to the teachings defining an architectural movement from 1885-1920 known as ‘Beaux Arts’. I kept imagining the important architects and artists that had also passed through these buildings. I would have loved to see the campus in its glory days. The statues and paintings have seen better days, with extensive renovations being carried out in many areas.

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Walkway Surrounding the Courtyard of Malaquais, June 2016

Once inside, the classical aesthetic of the exterior falls away and large, white classrooms provide the open and versatile work spaces.

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Passageway through the School, June 2016

The beauty and history of the campus is something that I will miss while I return to my school in Canada, where an industrial and modern aesthetic dominate.

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