François Valentiny was born in 1953 in Remerschen, Luxembourg. After studying in Vienna in 1980, he founded an architectural office with Hubert Hermann. After their rapid start, they traveled a long path to arrive at their current understanding of architecture. A lengthy phase of reflection put an end to quick reactions to the zeitgeist. François Valentiny has left his marks worldwide: the Mozarteum in Trancoso, Brazil, the Peace Center in Verdun, and the spectacular 2010 Expo Pavilion in Shanghai, among others.
Valentiny stands for bold, almost futuristic designs with character. For him, architecture is a wonderful way to say goodbye to your own problems and to take care of the problems of other people. He teaches architecture from Trier via Vienna to Shanghai and has been named one of the world’s top one hundred architects in Korea in 2016 by his colleagues. He is the editor of the first Luxembourg architecture magazine, Adato, and sits on architectural advisory boards.
He was made Président of the Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie in Luxembourg for the year 2006/2007 and in 2006 was awarded the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria. In 2008 he was honoured for his overall architectural work in the Grand Duchy and abroad and received the Luxembourg Architecture Prize 2007. In 2009 he became a member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea in Salzburg, Austria. In 2018 he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Merit by the Land of Salzburg.