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Ecole des Beaux-Arts

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts ('School of Fine Arts') in Paris was a prestigious state-funded international training centre for architects in the 19th century. It fostered an approach to design based on lucid, formal planning, and a scholarly understanding of the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome and the Renaissance. Many American architects studied there, as did Scots such as John Keppie.