Nicolas Fiévé

Nicolas FIÉVÉ

Assistant to the Director
Evelise Bruneau

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Nicolas Fiévé

Architectural historian - Medieval and premodern Japan

After studying architecture in France and Japan, and obtaining a doctorate in classical Japanese, Nicolas Fiévé was a researcher at the CNRS from 1993 to 2007, when he became professor at the Historical and Philological Sciences Section of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, where he teaches the history of Japanese architecture and gardens. 

His research is based on the study of ancient documents (literary and administrative texts, technical manuals, plans and maps) relating to architecture, urbanism, landscape and gardens in 14th-17th century Japan. In addition to the study of texts, Nicolas Fiévé also conducts in situ studies of ancient buildings or urban districts in Japan. These two complementary approaches are the fruit of the two schools of thought that trained him: Japanese studies and architecture.

As a medievalist working on the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Nicolas Fiévé has studied the history of the city of Kyoto, the architecture of the tea pavilions and the Ashikaga palaces. Recently, he has broadened his field of study to include 17th-century Japan and has focused his research on the secondary villas of the court nobility and the domain lords. 

Member of the EFEO, from 2009 to 2010

Director of the EFEO, since April 2022

CV of Nicolas Fiévé

Happy New Year 2023
Paris, France,

The École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO - French School of Asian Studies) wishes you a Happy New year 2024

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Annual closure
Paris, France,

EFEO Paris closes for the festive season.
We look forward to seeing you in 2024, from 2 January
Death of Bruno Dagens
Strasbourg, France, 17 September 2023
It is with great sorrow that we have learned the passing of Professor Bruno Dagens on September 17, 2023. He was a member of the EFEO from 1969 to 1986. A renowned specialist in India and Cambodia, many of us followed his teaching of the history of Cambodian art at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University (Paris-III). Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
In Memoriam Damian Evans
Paris, France, 12 September 2023
It is with deepest regret to inform you of the passing of Damian Evans on Sept 12 in Paris, France. For the last two years our dear friend and colleague had been tenaciously fighting an aggressive form of cancer. He died peacefully, accompanied by close family and will be deeply missed by those who knew and worked with him.

Death of GĂ©rard Diffloth (1939 - 2023)
Surin, Thailand, 21 August 2023
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death on August 14 of our former colleague Gérard Diffloth, who was a member of the École française d'Extrême-Orient from 2000 to 2004, and then an associate researcher at the EFEO from 2004 to 2020.