Interview with the Director of the Maison des élèves ingénieurs des arts et métiers

Tell us about your background and your arrival at the Cité internationale.

A trained architect, I was part of the design and monitoring team for the renovation of 2 residences from 2016 to 2018. This period, rich in events and meetings, helped me to get closer to the city and finally integrate!

What do you think makes the Cité Internationale a unique campus in the world?

The cité is an incredible place of exchange thanks to the diversity of the people living there. Being a director, its organisation is sometimes hard to understand, but so inspiring!

How does living in your house allow residents to have a different outlook on the world and how is it a spring board for their futures?

A number of ENSAM engineering students come to spend their last year of study here. The Maison des Arts & Metiers welcomes an average of thirty different nationalities, and more than 120 in the cité, I often advise my residents to not miss out on the opportunity to access the world!

If you had to sum up the Cité Internationale in one word, what would it be and why?

The future. Because the cité’s history is far from finished, it can incarnate a certain ideal…to be continued!


Jean-Marie VIGROUX, President of the Foundation