** SUMMARY **
Africa & Haiti
USA & Europe
Gilles started his career in architecture and planning in 1965 with a highly regarded French Urban planner (Jean Dick, Strasbourg, France).
During the 70s, he worked with some of the best architectural/planning firms in New York City, notably (John M. Johansen, Marquis & Stoller and several others). He started working internationally in 1977, first in Iran with HAUS International (Housing And Urban Services), then focused on Africa and Haiti.
Starting 1980, he worked initially with NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) such as the Cooperative Housing Foundation, Washington DC) and subsequently with several United Nations agencies (UNDP, UNCDF, UNESCO, UNCHS/Habitat, DDSMS and UNOPS).
Since the mid 90s, he worked as Senior Portfolio Manager / regular Officer in Charge of the Division 1 for Africa (UNOPS) until December 2004.
During his 40-year career, Gilles contributed to the improvement of many lives. To make available his rich professional experience to the world, he is now the Managing Partner of his own firm HARMONIS International founded in 2006, providing Services for sustainability of Development and alleviation of poverty, in the fields of Habitat, Architecture, Monitoring of projects, and Infrastructure.
His career profile covers:
** REGIONAL PLANNING **
(in France and Africa)
** CITY PLANNING / URBAN DESIGN **
including rehabilitation of slums and squatter settlements, and City services management (in NYC, Haiti and Africa) see section Africa & Haiti
** DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION **
-- in the "Western World":
. Several major buildings in the USA (worked on Roosevelt Island "Rivercross" and "Island House" with John M. Johansen, on the "Park Belvedere" at Columbus/79St, "The Vanderbilt" on East 40St in NYC, among others, with Frank Williams Architects), and in Eastern France (worked on churches, hospitals and housing complexes)
. Private residences in the USA, Mexico and Europe, see section USA & Europe
. Interior design for private clients, see section Interior Design
-- in the "Delevoping World" and overseas:
. Some 12 thousand units of housing for the poor in developing countries (Haiti and Africa) with grant money from Development Banks, see section Africa & Haiti
. Formulation of subsidized Housing finance mechanisms for the very poor, and
. Conception/supervision of many educational complexes in Africa (primary, secondary and graduate schools) see section Africa & Haiti
. Private developer's apartment building in St-Maarten and several residences in Guinea, Haiti and Rwanda - see section USA & Europe
** PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS **
. Main Representative of the International Society for City and Regional Planning (ISoCaRP) to the UN / ECOSOC, see website: www.isocarp.org
. Member of the USA National delegation of ISoCaRP since 1984
. Member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1983, see website: www.nationaltrust.org
ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, WORKS IN NEW YORK, PARIS AND ...
Entry in the International competition for the Pompidou Center (Beaubourg) in Paris, 1971
see section USA & Europe
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