Known for the planning and construction of many airports around the globe, including Charles de Gaulle Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1958. He assumed charge of Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy) in 1967; the ceiling of his seventh terminal, Terminal 2E, collapsed in 2004, killing four people; following the disaster, he said the building contractors failed to execute his designs accurately.
He also designed the National Grand Theater of China.
His family was residing in Cauderan, Gironde, when he was born.
He was born in the same country as Brigitte Bardot.