Marc Lombard sails in conveyance with Mike Birch in 1978 after the latter won the Route du Rhum on his little yellow trimaran designed by Walter Green. He offered him an end-of-study internship in the American shipyard. A godsend and an incredible experience that will forge Marc Lombard's know-how. Sailing enthusiast and graduate of Southampton School, he decides to set up on his own as soon as 1982 to design racing boats in La Rochelle.
“Ultimately, the job of an architect is to implement an object, a habitat so that it fulfills a certain function. It can change, but you have to adapt a drawing to what you want it to do. It works the same way for a 6000 passenger cruise ship than for a sailboat.”
Racing sailing boats, motorboats, yachting… in production or in one-off. Our office puts its experience and creativity at the service of sailors around the world in order to design with passion, sustainable and efficient projects.
“In the race, we will look for performance. For the sailing cruise, we are working on the habitability, interior architecture, the costs, le design, friendliness and layout for life on board. For motorboats, we prioritize performance, consumption and environmental impact ; there are also common aspects to sailing, but approached from another angle.”
The particularity of the Marc Lombard agency, is its transversality. If there are dedicated project managers, everyone interacts in the projects : structural engineers, CFD calculation engineers, designers, 2D/3D modelers, architects and designers.
“Within the agency, there are mainly people who come from an engineering school or a school of architecture. But especially people who know the boats. I'm not able to draw a car, but I know how to draw boats because I know them. There is a culture to implement, you have to navigate and be passionate, otherwise we make bad decisions.”