Xavier Soule, is the President & CEO of VU’ Agency & Gallery, the largest and internationally acclaimed photography gallery in Paris representing photojournalists all over the globe, and Abvent, a leading provider of digital technologies for architecture, image and design in over 108 countries. Abvent Group (and VU’ Gallery) are located in the historic Hotel Paul Delaroche in Paris.
Xavier graduated as Architect dplg (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris), PhD in history of Contemporary Art and Master in Sciences and Technics for art preservation (Paris 1-Sorbonne). He is a board member of several professional organizations, such as Sorbonne UFR04 and Auguste Perret Association, and most recently he served as the dean of ESA (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture) in 2012/13, the oldest school of architecture in France.
Xavier began his career as an architect and his interest in digital solutions grew from his architectural work. After creating Abvent in 1985 and working to expand its global reach, in 1998 he decided to pursue his long standing interests in photography by opening VU’ Gallery and incorporating the famous VU’ Agency in Abvent Group.