Pauline Lavagne d’Ortigue

Pauline Lavagne d’Ortigue is a researcher and developer working for Saint- Gobain, a global building material group and the oldest French listed company founded in 1665

Pauline’s work for the directors of corporate R&D, Planning and Marketing focuses on design thinking and human centered innovation, with an emphasis on sustainable and affordable construction.

Prior to joining an industrial group, Pauline worked mainly in academia. She wrote a doctorate on the architecture and planning of the first oil towns of the Middle East, in Southern Iran. And since undertaking research in Iran is always full of surprises and unexpected delays, she had the opportunity to explore several other fields. She founded an online current affairs magazine, created a small landscape design and gardening company, and worked on several documentary film projects.

Pauline was a student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Courtauld Institute, the Institut National des Langues Orientales and the Oriental Institute at Oxford University.

She holds BAs in History and in Persian studies; a post-graduate diploma in Art History; and a PhD in British studies.

She received helpful grants from the Academie Française, the Fondation Thiers, the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Institut Français de Recherches en Iran.

Pauline is part of Futurbulences and Dandizan, two Paris based think-tanks. She enjoys fine food & wines, long-distance travel on horseback or bicycle, wild flowers and flea markets.