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Jean Paul Carlhian, French, American architect. National Endowment Arts design fellow, 1976-1977, 78-79, Wheelwright fellow Harvard University, 1947.


Carlhian, Jean Paul was born on November 7, 1919 in Paris. Came to the United States, 1948, naturalized, 1954. Son of André and Henriette (Balézeaux) Carlhian.


Bachelier ès Lettres, University Paris, 1936. Master in City Planning, Harvard University, 1947. Architecte Diplomé par le Goubernement, Ecole des Beaux Arts, 1948.


Designer, Harrison and Abramovitz, New York City, 1949; Designer, Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch and Abbott, Boston, 1950-1957; associate, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, Boston, 1958-1962; partner, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, 1963-1972; vice-president, director, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, 1972-1989; consultant principal, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, since 1989; instructor, assistant professor, Graduate School Design, Harvard University, 1948-1955; visiting critic, Yale University, 1958-1961, 63-64; visiting critic, Rhode Island School Design, 1962-1963, 77; visiting critic, Rice U., 1965; visiting critic, Harvard University, 1978, 81. Member Royal Commision on Teaching of Architecture Quebec, 1963-1964. Member Back Bay Architectural Commission, Boston, 1966-1979.

Artist in residence American Academy Rome, 1975. Member Landmarks Commission, Boston, 1969-1976. Board directors Boston Architectural Center, 1978-1980, Western European Archl.

Foundation, 1990-1992, advisor, since 1993.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, Mather House, Quincy House, Leverett House, Harvard, Baker Hall and McCollum Center of Harvard Business Sch, College Center, Vassar College, The Quadrangle, Brown University, Museum National Heritage, University Vermont Billings Center, National Museum African Art, Sackler Museum, S. Dillon Ripley Center, General Electric Company, Management Development Institute, Cornell University, The Andover Companies, Smith College, a Center for African, Near Eastern, and Asian Cultures at Smithsonian Institute, National Academy Design Academie d'Architecture, Paris. Contributor Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dictionary of America Biography, articles to professional journals.


Active New York State Council Arts, 1976. Consultant History Savannah Foundation, 1978, History Charleston Foundation, 1979-1982. Fellow American Institute of Architects (chairman committee aesthetics 1968, chairman committee on design 1969, American Institute of Architects Firm award 1973, chairman honor awards jury 1976, chairman honorary awards jury 1989, Edward C. Kemper award 1989), Royal Society Arts.

Member National Academy Design (associate), Academy d'Architecture, Boston Society Architects, Society Archl. History, Smithsonian Institute, International Council on Monuments and Sites, Chevalier de l'Ordre des artes et des lettres. Clubs: Century Assn, Cosmos.


Married Elizabeth Meta Ware, September 17, 1948. Children: Marie Pénélope, Jérome André (deceased), Isabelle Anne, Judith Amélie, Sophie Virginie.

André Carlhian

Henriette (Balézeaux) Carlhian

Elizabeth Meta Ware

Sophie Virginie Carlhian

Judith Amélie Carlhian

Isabelle Anne Carlhian

Marie Pénélope Carlhian

Jérome André Carlhian (deceased)