After leaving her position as director of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris in 2012, Odile Decq advanced the idea that architectural pedagogy was too often blocked by a strict institutional system of education ill adapted to change. Together with a small, international group of architects and educators with ties to France. Motivated by a desire to imagine other forms for architectural education, and judging that the moment was right to embark on such an endeavor, the group set out to create a new institution that would change not only the philosophy but also the methodology of teaching and research.

This initiative led to the creation in 2014 of new place for architecture: CONFLUENCE Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture based in Lyon (France). More than the site where it is located, the con uence district in Lyon, Con uence is the founding idea of the school: Architecture must not be reduced to a professional or specialized instruction.

On the contrary, Architecture is a discipline that opens to the world. It is a vision and a capacity to act. Today it needs to return to its more humanist ambitions. CONFLUENCE thus integrates new visions of and about society and also new methods and tools linked to communication, conception and creation, allowing students to be adapted to the world of tomorrow in which they will act.