Loïc Fumeaux is working on a PhD focused on the integration of sustainability criteria into the design process of temporary event infrastructures . A booming but still little explored field of architecture , for which the characteristics of use flexibility and economic efficiency often take precedence over considerations related to their impacts.
From a methodological point of view his research is based on several cases studies from current practices. A catalog of existing structures , assessed using a multicriteria system adapted to their temporary nature , in the context of an overall consideration of multiples parameters of sustainability.
Then from this observation and assessment phase, the research propose concrete strategies, in a form of a preliminary design. A research design approach which aims high level of comfort, optimal use of resources, minimization of environmental impacts and integration of bioclimatic strategies to achieve it.
Finally, in a third time through a process of integrated design , the project will be developed in an iterative process involving interdisciplinary actors (users/engineers/ builders/operator), essential ranges of skills, to the achievement of an operational prototype which could meet initial objectives of high level of sustainability.
Loïc Fumeaux was born in 1978 in Geneva. After a scientific degree, he joined the EPFL . He graduated as an architect in 2007 under the direction of Professors Jean- Paul Jaccaud and Bruno Marchand. His master's thesis was about sustainability integration from urban scale to the architectural details. This masters project was awarded with the SIA Prize and the Construction and sustainable development Prize (BG Ingénieurs Conseils).
In addition to his studies, Loïc develops independant activities and collaborated with LVBK Rotterdam and Lacroix- Chessex Geneva. In 2009 , he founded xy-ar.ch with Amélie Poncety . The office participates in many competitions and won the competition for the redevelopment of the Place de la Planta in Sion , currently under development .
In 2010, he became studio assistant at the LAST (Laboratory of architecture and sustainable technologies) headed by Prof. Emmanuel Rey. After a period dedicated to teaching he starts a PhD focused on the integration of sustainability criteria into the design process of temporary event infrastructures .
He is a member of the group of architects at SIA section Vaud and Treasurer of InterAssAr.