Architect. A French architect who helped to introduce neoclassicism to architecture, he is best remembered for his design of the Church of St. Genevieve which later became the Pantheon. Born in Irancy, Yonne, France, during the 1730s he attended the French Academy in Rome, Italy to study art and design. After completing his studies, he returned to Lyon, France where he designed and constructed the Hotel-Dieu and the Temple du Change. In 1750 he returned to Italy with the Marquis de Marigny to study the design and construction of theaters. When Marigny became the Director General of the Royal Buildings in Paris, France in 1755, he gave Soufflot architectural control of all the royal buildings. That same year, he was commissioned by Marigny to begin working on his new design of the Church of St. Genevieve and construction began two years later. In 1768 he designed the Hotel Marignry in Paris that was completed three years later. He died in Paris at the age of 67. In 1829 his remains were transferred to the Pantheon for interment.
Bio by: David Conway