Team

AW2 Reda Amalou

Reda Amalou
Founder and Partner

Reda Amalou is a French architect who graduated from the University of East London in the UK. After several years in London-based architectural agencies working on various projects in Europe, he returned to France and joined Thurnhauer Architects. In 1997, Reda opened his own agency in Paris: AW² Architecture Workshop. From the outset, Reda built the studio’s identity on a contextual approach to design. In 2013, Reda founded his own furniture and accessories collection, presented under the brand Reda Amalou Design.

AW2 Stephanie Ledoux

Stéphanie Ledoux
Partner

Born in France, Stéphanie Ledoux trained as an architect at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she won the Best Diploma Award in 1999. Part of her studies were conducted in the United States at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Stéphanie worked at various Parisian agencies before joining AW² in 2000 and becoming partner and co-manager in 2003.

With increasing projects both in France and abroad, Stéphanie worked with Reda to develop the practice into a multidisciplinary design team capable of responding to all aspects of a project, from the scale of an urban plan to bespoke furniture and fittings.

Stéphanie and Reda have been working together for more than 20 years. Their experience and collaborative design approach are applied to each AW² project to produce award-winning architecture.

AW2 Vincent Le Bihan

Vincent Le Bihan
Studio Director

Vincent graduated from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris with a degree in engineering in 2009. He has also completed a two-year specialized diploma in civil engineering at Egletons. After 7 years working in construction management, Vincent joined AW² in 2005 as the Studio Director.

AW2 Veronika Pabst

Veronika Pabst
Design Director

Veronika graduated from the University of Applied Science in Mainz with a degree in Interior design in 1990. After several years as an executive at Studio Putman and later at RDAI, Veronika joined AW² in 2017 as the Design Director to guide and support our teams.

AW2 Isabella Lavecchia

Isabella Lavecchia
Project Director

Isabella graduated with a degree in architecture from the Polytechnico di Milano in 2003. Isabella worked at Ateliers Lion before joining AW² in 2005. Today, Isabella is a Project Director at the studio.

AW2 Sophie Levent

Sophie Levent
Administrative Director

With an advanced post-graduate degree in philosophy from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sophie joined AW² in 2005 as the Administrative Director and oversees all aspects of office management.

SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTS

Laura Bolzoni, architect
Rina Bouzinac, interior designer
Marine Cauvin, architect
Virginie Coly, architect
Angelo Franco, architect
Magdalena Grzesiok-Legait,architecte

MATERIALS LIBRARY

Capucine Jason, materials library manager
Estelle Grevez, materials library assistant and administrator

COMMUNICATION

Joanna Delebarre, external relations manager

PRESENTATION

AW² is an international architecture and design studio based in Paris.

Reda Amalou graduated from the University of East London and founded the agency in 1997. Stéphanie Ledoux, a graduate from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, joined AW² in 2000 and became a partner in 2003. The two partners have led the studio in tandem ever since and play an active role in the architectural design of each project.

With projects in 40 different countries, the agency has an international reputation for quality high-end design. AW² has received several awards over the years including the MIPIM Best Hotel Award for the Six Senses Con Dao resort and three nominations for the AFEX Grand Prize in French Overseas Architecture for Six Senses Con Dao, the Lycée Français in Amman and Àni Private Resort & Art Academy in Sri Lanka.

APPROACH

Initiating a project at AW² is all about questioning. It is about defining the conditions that surround the project and about setting, with our client, the ambitions of the project. We challenge both conditions and ambitions at the early stages of our work in order to avoid preconceptions and give us a deeper understanding of what we are trying to achieve.

Our approach to design is more an open working process rather than a strict theoretical or stylistic framework by which we abide. We bring to the table the experience we have gained from working in 40 different countries, applying relevant techniques and solutions. Our architecture is tailored to its location. It is an architecture of fusion that is the product of a conversation, a dialogue between several parameters:

1. Understanding the site: what sets it apart, what makes it unique
2. Analysing the context: The climate, culture, programme, regulations, economics, construction techniques, local know-how, materials and traditions
3. Incorporating local materials and prioritizing a sustainable design approach
4. Finally, architecture is a response: throughout the design process we elaborate and define our vision of the project to create architecture that truly belongs in its site.

This process allows the agency to approach every subject with an open mind. We formulate the project as it develops rather than starting by describing the outcome. Each of our projects is a testament to this design approach.

AWARDS SELECTION

2019

Silversands Grenada | Island Destinations, The Authority for Luxury Travel
Ultimate Style & Design Award
Silversands Grenada | Interior Design Best of Year Award
Shortlisted in the Resorts category 
Kasiiya Papagayo | World Interiors News Award
Shortlisted in the Hotel Interiors category 
Silversands Grenada | International Property Award
Hotel Interiors, Americas region winner
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | TTG Travel Awards
Best Beach Resort Worldwide
Le French Design by VIA Award
for AW²’s architecture and design work
 

2018

Ani Villas Dikwella | Nominated at the AFEX Grand Prix d’Architecture
Ani Villas Dickwella & Art Academy, Sri Lanka

2016

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ Winner
Ranked second Hotel in Vietnam
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | The Irish Independent, 50 Fab Holidays
Listed for Best Long Haul Holidays
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Top 25 Resorts in Asia in the Conde Nast Traveler
UK Readers’ Choice Awards
Phum Baitang | Prix Versailles
Hôtel 2016
Phum Baitang | Asia Hotel Design Awards
The Asia Design Hotel of the Year
Phum Baitang | Asia Hotel Design Awards
Best Architecture, Resort category
Phum Baitang | Asia Hotel Design Awards
Best Cigar & Cocktail Bar Design
Phum Baitang | Asia Hotel Design Awards
Best Spa & Wellness Design

2015

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards
(five-time winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence)
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Smart Travel Asia (Hong Kong)
Top 25 leisure hotels & top ten spa hotels in Asia
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Listed in Condé Nast Traveler China
Gold List
Maisons Innovantes | Pyramide de Vermeil
Les Lodges, maisons passives évolutives

2014

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Luxury Travel (Australia), fifth best overseas resort
Gold List Awards
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Travel + Leisure magazine
Top Resorts in Asia
Maisons Innovantes | Festival Fimbacte
Trophée Argent du Cadre de Vie pour Les Lodges, maisons innovantes et évolutives
Maisons Innovantes | ADEME, ‘Bâtiments exceptionnels d’Ile-de-France’
Les Lodges, maisons passives innovantes
Lycée Français d’Amman | Nominated at the AFEX Grand Prix d’Architecture
Lycée Français d’Amman

2013

Six Senses Con Dao | The Smith Hotel Awards
The Eco Award Top 10
Six Senses Con Dao | National Geographic Travelers
World’s Best Ecolodge
Six Senses Con Dao | Artravel, Artravel Awards
Sun Hotel

2012

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Condé Nast Traveller, The Reader’s Travel Awards
Best Overseas Spa Hotel
Six Senses Con Dao | Ha+d awards
Six Senses Con Dao
Six Senses Con Dao | Nominated at the AFEX
Grand Prix d’Architecture
Six Senses Con Dao | MIPIM Awards
‘Best Hotel & Tourism Resort’

2011

Six Senses Con Dao | Hotel & Lodge ‘Best Resort’
Runner up
Six Senses Con Dao | Green Good Design™ Award
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design & European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

2010

Six Senses Con Dao | Bloomberg International Property Award
“Best International Small hotel design” 2010
Six Senses Con Dao | The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design International 
Architecture Awards
Six Senses Con Dao | Bloomberg International Property Award
Best Asia-Pacific Small Hotel
Nomad | The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design International
Architecture Awards

2009

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Hotel & Lodge
«Best Resort»
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | CNBC Asia Pacific
Architecture Award
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Asia Spa & wellness festival Gold Awards
“Best Destination Spa, Vietnam”

2008

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Asia’s «Best Beach Resort»
TTG Travel Awards
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Arrivals + Departures Australia
“Arrival + Departure’s Asian Resort of the Year”
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Winner Travel & Leisure
Best Resort Design Award, USA

2007

Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Conde Nast Traveler HOT LIST UK and USA
Top New Hotels and Spas in the World
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Australia’s Gourmet Traveler
One of the “Best of the Best” new hotels
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Travel + Leisure USA
“The It List”
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Cigar Aficionado USA
“The World’s Best New Beach Resorts”
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Winner Best New Beach Resort In Asia
TTG Asia
Four Seasons The Nam Hai | Nominated at MIPIM Awards
Cannes, France

 

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