Now 37, they first met at high school in Toulon and have been friends ever since. They went up to Paris together to become civil engineers, Romain studying at the elite Ponts et Chaussées school and Guillaume at the equally elite Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie. "Our two areas of competence complement each other perfectly," they point out. That was what led them, later on, to join forces under the Marseille sun to form Lamoureux & Ricciotti Ingénierie, a ten-person engineering consultancy specialising in structures for civil and industrial engineering and construction. The firm has recently moved to the Ricciotti home base in Bandol.
"Our hallmark is making structures with ultra-high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete. In 2007 we built the first roof ever made with the new high-performance material, for Enrico Navarra's house in the Var department. That was quite a feat."
In fact innovation is the starting point for every one of their commissions. Like the 22,000m² roof of the Jean Bouin stadium in Paris, the MuCEM footbridges and the Pont de la République in Montpellier. Among their current projects is the La Marseillaise tower in Marseille, designed by Jean Nouvel.