Dominique Perrault has made his own path in contemporary architecture, gaining in notoriety over the years both in and outside of his native France. Born in1953 in Clermont-Ferrand, he studied in Paris and received his diploma as an architect from the École des Beaux-Arts in 1978. He received a further degree inUrbanism at the École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1979, as well as a Master’s in History at the EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) in1980. He created his own firm in 1981 in Paris. Though he completed works before that date, Perrault’s career took a sudden upswing when an international juryselected him to design the French National Library in Paris in 1989. Dominique Perrault has actively sought to make his approachto architectural innovation known through an initiative he calls DPAx, a research platform “that calls for a multidisciplinary dialogue to explore architecturefrom a wider perspective".