Born 1953, architect. Dominique Perrault was trained at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris where he graduated in 1978. He has since specialised in urban architecture at Ecole supérieure des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris. Dominique Perrault has designed several grand projects in France and abroad. He has won several design competitions, including a competition in 1989 where he was awarded the tenure to build the new French National Library in Paris, which was inaugurated in 1995 by the late president of the French Republic, François Mitterrand. This design earned Dominique Perrault the Mies van der Rohe Award in 1997. Dominique Perrault is an internationally acclaimed architect and is currently working on designs in Germany, Austria, South Korea, Spain, Russia, Italy and Luxembourg.