The Powers of the site, the social, the economic, and the political forces all influence the shape of a building. The project is about, using resonate forces to generate forms, and by that linking architecture to what is beyond itself. This is an attitude that finds its place in a definition from the Hindu tradition: "Architecture is the science of subtle correspondences"
After having studied architecture and scenography, Barani supplemented his training by studying anthropology leading to him spending one year in Nepal. He established his firm in 1989 and launched it with an extension to the Saint-Pancrace Cemetery in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, which was followed by the restoration of The Cabanon of Le Corbusier.
Today, the Atelier specializes in urban infrastructures, such as the terminus of line 2 of the Marseille tram station, a bridge on the Rhine in Strasbourg, the National Photography School in Arles, an auditorium in the Institut de France, social housing, and the Rafic Hariri's tomb/memorial.
The atelier takes a multidisciplinary approach, beginning in the foundational years, joining together architects, scenographers, designers, and landscape designers.
Marc Barani has taught architecture for 15 years in art, design, landscape design, and architecture schools. He regularly gives lectures in France and abroad.
In 2008 he received the "Equerre d'Argent Prize" awarded by the Moniteur Group for his Tramway Terminal of Nice, this project was also a finalist for the "Mies van der Rohe Prize" in 2009.
In 2013, he was the prize-winner of the "Grand Prix National de l'Architecture" (French National Great Prize for Architecture).
Marc Barani was deeply involved with the Ministry of Culture and Communication during 2015 in works contributing to the elaboration of the New National Strategy for Architecture (SNA), of which he hosted the working group "to innovate".