Real Estate for a changing world

BNP Paribas Real Estate supports architectural and heritage initiatives throughout all its activities


Architecture and the preservation of heritage buildings and sites is intrinsically bound up in the work of BNP Paribas Real Estate and its DNA. As an actor that collaborates to build the cities of the future, and take care of the areas that we live, work and breath, it is part of the company’s core values to support a number of initiatives which further promote architectural and heritage projects.

Throughout the company’s business lines, architectural and heritage projects form a core part of the work being carried out, shaping our habitats, workplaces, cities and landscapes.  BNP Paribas is also committed to preserving heritage and makes conversion and rehabilitation a driver for development, as well as ecological and social issues. 
Here we take a look at the ways BNP Paribas Real Estate is supporting these major subjects concerning the real estate sector and supporting the work of several charities.

Fostering stronger bonds between architects and engineers

The AAIIA association (Association des Architectes-Ingénieurs & Ingénieurs- Architectes) aim is to cultivate greater synergies between engineers and architects. The association brings together those with an engineering or architectural diploma or those currently in the process of achieving one. 
Three main goals are set out by AAIIA: 

  • Create better connections between engineers and architects
  • Promote collaboration between construction actors 
  • Link up those with the double diploma in architecture and engineering 

In order to facilitate this, the association organises different types of events (conferences, evening events, coffee breaks etc). 

Giving the spotlight to urban and rural architecture

ANABF (Association Nationale des Architectes des Batiments de France) works to promote the quality of architecture, in urban and rural settings, within the public service. 
BNP Paribas Real Estate financially supports its initiative La Pierre d’Angle, a magazine whose goal is to improve the quality and awareness of architecture and town planning.

Researching our habitats and lifestyles

ARVHA (Association pour la Recherche sur la Ville et l’Habitat) was established in 1993 with the aim of carrying out research and training programmes that focus on our habitats and lifestyles. Since 1995 the association has carried out training programmes for architects within different areas; disability, sustainable development and architecture, revamping of urban neighbourhoods. This has been carried out with the support of the Minister for Culture and Communications, Minister for Women’s Rights, of the city, of young people in sport and social European funds.
Since 2013, the organisation has also hosted the Female Architects Prize, which BNP Paribas Real Estate has been part of since 2016. The aim is to showcase the work and careers of female architects, in order to encourage young female architects and help eliminate inequality between male and female architects. BNP Paribas Real Estate sits on the jury in order to help select the prizewinners.

With the impact of climate change and the risk to biodiversity, the UNISSON(S) movement, led by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has been established to create a targeted response within the real estate sector across construction, planning and landscaping. The aim of this is to achieve the development of a new architectural style, one that is focused on combatting our changing environment.

By bringing together major real estate players in the French market, a commitment has been made to build and construct more sustainably. Through the establishment of a low-carbon architecture strategy, these players invest in the city of tomorrow and agree to put in place actions which support climate-focused actions.

Supporting future talent

Each year, BNP Paribas Real Estate supports the Prix des Espoirs de l’Architecture, which promotes the talents of students at French architecture and engineering schools. The idea is to promote young talent and help advance the idea of sustainable building and architecture. For the 2021-22 edition students were asked to conceive biomimicry real estate project in order to contribute to a sustainable and desirable city. 
Each of these initiatives are key to enhancing the cities we live in and help contribute to developing new ways of living.

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