I received $42,800 to finance my research on para seismic technologies using woods and fabrics.
Jeunes Talents, Paris, France, 2013
This price was an honorific price with press conference and meeting in the Ministry of Finance in Paris.
Trophées de l’Innovation
Arbocentre, Orléans, France, 2013
This price was an honorific acknowledgement for my work on innovative carpentry and forestry.
National Association of Accountants, Paris, France, 2011
This price was honorific to acknowledge my research on hardwood technologies and management of the forest. I received $ 5,350 to support my research.
National Association of Accountants, Paris, France, 2011
I received two prices the same year. This one was among all projects in all categories their favorite for my work on forestry and hardwood technologies.
Reims, France, 2010
I received $53,120 to finance my research on the economy of hardwood forestry and pay my patents on hardwood technologies.
Innovation in construction
CNAM, Paris, France, 1992
I received $ 5,709 to finance my first trip of 4 months in Indonesia. 75% was paid before my trip and 25% after I returned by writing a detailed report. With the 25% and some savings, I financed in 1995 a second trip of 4 months in Indonesia.
Kodak Young Reporter
Kodak, Paris, France, 1992
Kodak paid all my films for photography and all the developments. After I received this price, local stores in the city of Tours, France paid 75% of my equipment, cameras, recorders, bags, protections to make my first trip of 4 months in Indonesia.
Dr Sandrine GERMAIN graduated from the School of Architecture of Nantes, France, after two years research within the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris and 8 months field work in Indonesia. She managed her early career as an ethnographer, then she enrolled as a consultant following the tsunami of December 2014. From there, she turned her ethnographic work into patents and conducted a research program on highly insulated affordable housing.
She retired from architecture in 2015 and moved to the United-States where she lived in Las Vegas one year before moving to California in 2016. During her first year in the United-States, she translated all marketing and financial files of 3 large mix residential and commercial projects of Las Vegas. She participated in translating American accounting into French and acquired a good knowledge of real estate finance.
She created the SAB Center on March 2020, one week before the Covid-19 shelter in place. She has managed all aspects of the definition of the program, finding the land, making the website, defining the project, writing all data and presenting the project to Joint Venture Capitalists.
She has put her vision in the creation of the SAB Center and to keep her vision untouched , she separated the non-profit programs from her for-profit activities by creating the Domaine des Crafts. As the grand-daughter of a farmer, she started to garden age 3 with her parents and has participated in harvesting fruits, veggies, grapes, cooking, storing, preserving since she was a kid. She grew up with very strict education, but cooking and gardening have always been her playground. Her God mother and her life long nanny had both been students of the Ecole Menagère in France, the school of Coco Channel, and they both passed their knowledge and their love of cooking.
Today aged 50, Dr Sandrine GERMAIN aspires to continue writing and participating research and development programs, but her real call is for managing a farm, gardening, cooking and receiving guests with the delicateness of her culture. Born in La Rochelle, she grew up in the Loire Valley and has developed a strong appetite for epicureanism. In her desire to make wine, she wants to create experiences where food, wine and nature compose the essential roots of happiness.
CHARPENTE ET PROCEDE DE MONTAGE
From 1992 to 1995, I have conducted a research on the Architecture of the Batak people of Sumatra, Indonesia. I wrote a construction manual in two volumes and passed my doctorate in architecture. This construction manual was the first book on carpentry ever written by a woman. After the tsunami of December 2004, I participated the reconstruction process in Indonesia and back to France in 2006, I started to convert the primitive architecture of the Batak into a modern language, with only few modifications and emphasizing the ingenuity of the technologies. The patent had 33 claims that were all acknowledge as innovative with a strong industrial potential. This is the first patent in carpentry by a woman and a performance that many men carpenters had never dared to accomplish.
It took one year and a half to write down all claims, meet many engineers, make a lot of research, interview a lot of people on the field, make sketches, guide the patent attorney, rewrite 6 times all drafts, and keep the long distance to pay all costs. Before starting the journey, I had passed concourses, presented my project to many juries, won concourses, was evaluated, re-evaluated, questioned and the biggest question has always been how a woman, an architect, can succeed in patenting a technology in carpentry, in a men's world. I had to convince that I was the right person on this subject and that my determination would not fail. I have cried. I have doubted. I have been excessively tired from different kinds of attitudes but I have never renounced. I knew the challenge and I took it all until the patent was finally approved.
DOCUMENT ON STRETCHED CARPENTRY: https://7dcf3b4d-7aa2-4704-906d-5bba59950094.filesusr.com/ugd/4ee582_d5c54ef247da4a059491e5151961802f.pdf
CONSTRUCTION A HAUTE RESISTANCE ET PROCEDE DE MISE EN OEUVRE
This patent was filled at the same time as "CHARPENTE ET PROCEDE DE MONTAGE" to generalize the attachment system of the roof on top of the walls. The biggest innovation was to use a lever system what no carpenter ever used and that ordinary structural engineers are still challenged to study. My initial project was to design a para seismic technology. I had won the concourse with the CNAM in 1992 to study the para seismic properties of the Batak architecture. After the tsunami of December 2004, I have participated the shelters meetings with the UNDP because of my work on traditional para seismic technologies. My publications on this field are still a reference with the ICOMOS and the UN HABITAT. This patent was an achievement with 24 claims, all acknowledged as innovative with a strong industrial potential.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
From 1992 to 1995, I have conducted a research on the Batak architecture that was followed from 1995 to 1999 with a research on the history of this architecture. My study was covering the territory between Yunnan in China to New Guinea in East Indonesia.
THE DIVINE HARMONY OF PI AND PHI IN 2D AND 3D SPACE
In 2000, I translated an old carpentry poem published during the XVIth century in the first Chinese construction manual written for the education of ordinary people. This translation became a book on the geometry on Pi and Phi.
As soon as I started to develop patents, affordable housing was in my scope. I wanted to demonstrate how innovative carpentry could lower the cost of construction and still increase the price on wood to support the rural economy. All the awards I have received in 2010 and 2011 were acknowledging my research on affordable housing within the framework of master planning construction as a resource for the global economy.
MODEL OF BATAK HOUSE
During my second trip of four months in Indonesia, I have managed the construction of a model scaled 1/10 of a traditional Batak house. This model was sold to the Musée des Confluences of Lyon, France.
My book on Batak architecture is archived in Leiden and Amsterdam among museographic resources and the UNESCO made 25,000 copies distributed in all countries, members of the UNESCO.
In 1990 and 1991, I have been a soldiers' god-mother during the first war in Iraq. As a god-mother, I used to write everyday and draw on the envelops that I would send to the troops. My drawings landed in the French head quarters and some of them were later used to explain French patriotism. Some of my drawings were given to the Musée des Invalides in Paris where they are exposed in the patriot's room. I was the first female cartoonist whose drawings entered the Invalid Museum, steps away from the grave of Napoleon !!!
MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS
In October 2019, the mayor of Los Angeles organized several meetings all around Los Angeles. I attended one of them and met several figures of local neighborhood councils. By attending local commissions on homelessness, I realized that nothing would never emerge from there while I had solutions to propose, developed since 2010. After several months of frustration, I decided to move forward and develop my own project. I looked for a land, found a land and started to imagine a project better fit for the United-States. In March 2020, I created the SAB Center, one week before the shelter in place and I have used my time at home to write the project.
Learn more on the history of the project: soon available.
DOMAINE DES CRAFTS
After working several weeks on the acquisition of a land for the SAB Center, I found a vineyard with a winery. This project was another level than just buying a vacant land and it was the exact level where I would personally feel more comfortable. I have been an entrepreneur all my life, making decision, working hard for them and I am a leader. I am also an epicurean and I like quality products, quality life, good manners, some clean standing for living. My character hardly fit within the kind of unstable governance that makes most non-profits, still I know how non-profits are fragile without a leadership and I was willing to take the leadership. I created the Domaine des Crafts to take the leadership on my own company and have this pilot company to bring some sense of stability to the non-profit. I am only the founder of the non-profit, the person who brought the vision. I am developing the non profit to be independent from me, and the Domaine des Crafts is my personal world where I can put my own energy to develop my own crafts. I am managing this project as a lover, passionate about gastronomy and life.
INNOVATIVE WOOD STRUCTURE WITH RUPTURE OF THERMAL BRIDGES
In 2012, just after I finished the patent, I have launched the construction of a prototype, scale 1, to demonstrate my innovations using hardwoods, high insulation and co-generation. I got the building permits on this brand new technology. I got all the certifications to receive tax returns. I trained my guild employees and hired social workers (people in extreme hardship), I got a client to buy the prototype and I built it.
This experience brought me all over the sawmills of France to find my woods and manage the logistics but the result was high quality construction for affordable housing price. I have gained experience in this project. This is this experience that I bring to the SAB Center.
As an ethnographer, I have been into green technologies since 1992, first as a student, then as a young architect and later as a senior. I have benchmarked the technologies. I have participated BATIMAT every two years. I have tested technologies with the help of my clients. I have explored and valued the risks, the gain and the results on solar energy, wood construction, insulation, co-generation, hemp cements, natural fibers. I have passed certifications for myself and my employees. I have been trained and I have paid training to my team. I have animated workshops for the European commission. I have been a speaker on large elitist commissions involving politicians, ministries, administrators, mayors, city councils, entrepreneurs, forest owners, home owners and architects. I have represented the council of architects on many fairs and exhibits. I have talked publicly to explain technologies and I have always been very active to analyse the market.
SAMPLE OF STUDIES
While a child, I spent all my holidays in a castle of Deux Sèvres in France. I have played with horses. I have planted tries. I have pruned tries with my uncle. Then one day, all the forest was gone to pay the roof of the castle. Since this day, forestry has been in my veins as a cause I deeply want to protect. After the tsunami of December 2004, I have witnessed deforestation caused by the reconstruction process and I was hired by the UNDP to advocate on local construction technologies. Since then, I have continued to advocate and study. I passed concourses and won several of them what could pay my research on the field. I have met forest owners, sawmills, carpenters, accountants, engineers and I have developed innovations to respond the problematic to manage a forest and to keep it alive with a stronger economy.
With the SAB Center, we want to be noticeable and bring all this experience on focus to local organizations such this one: https://www.woodworks.org/mass-timber-interactive-map/?fbclid=IwAR10mEUSqeA3G45yDy5zz8BRo27KKD9MdVGxjK6BVbKnoXcJTB2Cb3QmOhM
I have always been fascinated by carpenters who build wonderful structures without nails, screws and glue. I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could invent a structure who would not require any nail, glue and screws. I made the "universal stair". It's a stair, but it can be used also as a green wall, a structural rafter, and it can mix materials such wood and acrylic to bring natural light in a basement for example.
I have built the prototype with an industrial company who builds industrial stairs. They have cut the parts with a CNC router but could not solve some of the assemblies what brought the finishing part to very high costs. When I moved to Los Angeles, I took classes to learn how to use a CNC router and I could solve the problem to CNC completely the parts. Within the SAB Center, I have planed to develop a maker space with a CNC router and I want to instruct how to make the stairs in order to sell them as a source of revenue for the 30 employees of the company.
In 1990, I created a home owner's association to manage my first property as a student. I had purchased a 377 sqf studio close to the Jardin des Plantes of Nantes in France with the help of my parents as sole investors. I have restored and decorated my condo and I have done the same to all other spaces on the 3 levels of the building. By renovating the studio, I created enough value to sell my condo, pay my loan, buy a brand new car to my parents, and start a new life in Paris with 25,000 francs savings.
My approach on real estate is to create revenue and find the bests products to increase the value over time. I started R&D on affordable housing in 2010 and I have approached all aspects from growing trees, drying wood, selling wood, transporting wood, engineering hardware, manufacturing hardware, designing, getting permits, passing all inspections, managing meetings with large city councils, changing zoning, drawing urban plans and managing the construction. My smallest project was $10,000 and my biggest was $25,000,000.
I am an entrepreneur with a very creative mind to design and to define a project before the drafts and during all designing phases. As an ethnographer, I study the environment and I develop projects to bring social progress and value with new technologies, innovations, products, designs and architectural development.
I grew up in the Loire Valley, 20 kilometers from the house of Leonardo da Vinci. I have an antique culture of gardening in my vein. My grand-father was a farmer. The husband of my God-mother was the gardener of 3 castles. The husband of my nanny was a chef and later a gardener when he retired. My father was a gardener and I have been gardening since age 3. I have grown veggies, herbs and flowers.
When moving to Los Angeles, I had to leave behind part of my culture and this is something I still not fully accept, because it has been 5 years without a proper garden and I don't feel being myself any more. The need of gardening has motivated part of my projects for the SAB Center. The need to grow my food garden, to educate people and to create something beautiful. A food garden is 90% of what defines my personality, patience, perseverance, artistry, epicureanism, the need for a certain kind of solitude and still the need to nurture and to prepare large meals for my friends and family.
Los Angeles has been a place to live for four years and it is time for me to move, leave Los Angeles and find peace in a place where I belong. My heart landed North of California and this is where I want to go, manage my farm, make customers happy and give them the feeling, when they visit my gardens, that they are seeing an authentic part of this country that I call The Domaine des Crafts.
In January 2000, I bought my first multi-media computer and started to learn HTML coding. I became slightly an expert for encoding videos on a very low bandwidth, enough to get hired later as a webmaster by the Union Against Tuberculosis and Lungs Disease in Paris. Between 2000 and 2007, I have always followed the evolution, and even if I am not the top developer, I know enough to have my own server, create websites and manage social medias.
All along my career, I have taken several small missions to challenge my IT capabilities. I have designed the architecture of a campus website in France, and the harder the subject, the more I like it. Here are some samples of my work:
I make websites like I would make embroidery. It provides me the same level of satisfaction. It calms me down, it resets my brain, it helps me to organize my thoughts, it puts all my ideas in order and I find it really resourceful. Globally, I tend to believe that a project I could not develop properly on a website is a project I would not be able to conduct myself in real life. Building a website is for me a way to correct my mistakes, argue against myself and value the weight of my own ideas before I go too far in presenting them. Consequently, working for somebody else, I provide the same critical approach.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
1995 - 2015
Single family and multi family housing, commercial buildings, workshops
High insulated single family house with roof gardens, Loches, France.
Multifamily town house, Dreux, France
Multifamily town house, Tours, France
Carpentry workshop, Loches, France
Renovation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with SOCIETE DES ETABLISSEMENTS DENNERY
France, Indonesia, Switzerland, The Netherlands
1992 - 2020
France - Research and investigations about the temperate forest and the hardwood industry - 2006 - 2015.
Sumatra - May to October 2005 - Independent consultant for the CHF International and the French Embassy in Jakarta.
Malaysia - Avril 1995 - Logistic to cross the Malacca Strait with a model of Batak Toba house to be shipped from Kuala Lumpur to France.
Sumatra - December 1994 to April 1995 - Study of the architecture of the Batak people of Sumatra and making of a traditional house scaled 1/10 with animist carpenters. Logistics to cross Sumatra with the model.
France - January 1993 to December 1994 - Research in the Musée de l'Homme and Musée Guimet in Paris.
Switzerland - 1993 - Research in the private library of Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller, the owner of the Museum Barbier Mueller in Geneva.
Switzerland - 1993 - Research in the library of the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève
The Netherland - 1993 - Study in the archives of the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam
The Netherland - 1993 - Study in the archives of the KITLV, the Rijksmuseum and the National Herbarium of Leiden
Sumatra - September 1992, January 1993 - Study of the architecture of the Batak people of Sumatra.
Czechoslovakia - 2 weeks in October 1989 - Study of the architecture of Praha.
Italy - June to September 1989 - Study of a Palazzo Veneto and a Casa Medievale in Venezia and in Vicenza
2005 - 2020
TruDevCo - Las Vegas - 2017 - Translation of all the marketing and financial data for 3 Kaktus Life projects.
EIFFAGE - Paris, France, 2013 - Design of a concept project for residential buildings to host 16,000 workers in Halmahera, Indonesia.
IUATLD - Paris, France - 2007 - Ergonomic webmaster for the harmonization of the website among the different agencies worldwide, design of the graphic charter and publications within the communication department.
CHF International - Aceh, Indonesia - 2005 - Financial audits, investigations and shelters UNDP meetings along with translations and reports.
French Embassy in Jakarta - Aceh, Indonesia - 2005 - Sociological survey of an IDP camp and assistance to the French representatives of the Aceh Monitoring Mission for the European Mission for the peace process in Aceh. Writing and translation of all the radio calls for disarmament, humanitarian assistance to an IDP camp of 732 people and opening of a humanitarian road.
Vasconcelo Library study for a mechanical engineer - Los Angeles - 2018
Palmarès de la construction bois en Région Centre
Ecole Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes - ESAN
1988 - 1995
During my second year in architecture, I took additional classes in Sociology and the Psychology of children. I also attended extra classes in sculpture and modeling. I have passed all my exams by 1993, then moved to Paris to prepare my thesis. I graduated the ESAN in June 1995 with a study on the architecture of the Batak people of Sumatra, Indonesia.
History of the Asian Mediterranean Sea
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
1993 - 1995
I was a student of Pr. Denys Lombard, former Director of the Ecole Française d'Extrême Orient, within a small class of about 15 students. Pr. Denys Lombard was an Indonesianist and the most influential expert in France. I have learnt the History of South East Asia with him, but he also gave us classes on the Alexander Romance and the influence of the Greek Empire in Asia. I have red all Strabo under the influence of Pr. Denys Lombard and have collected Antique books from Greek and Roman authors.
1993 - 1995
I have learnt the Language, the History and the Geography of Indonesia in parallel to 8 months travel in Indonesia.
1985 - 1988
I have studied History of Art, technologies and methodologies to design almost anything from furniture, interior design, architecture, house wear, fashion, signs, posters, art frames and sculptures. I have learnt to manufacture a product on a small and a large scale. All my practice came from drawing mechanical design, architectural design and perspective on an architect table. Last year study, I have skipped school every Fridays to work one year as an intern in an architectural studio. I have learnt drawing and field management of construction work.
Ecole des Beaux Arts
1987 - 1988
I have studied modeling with clay from live nude models. I have learnt also molding with plaster and making plaster copies. I was the youngest kid in a class of old masters and I have learnt a lot from my teacher, but also from other students. Modeling is one of my major arts.
Ecole des Beaux Arts
1985 - 1987
I have learnt all the basic techniques of a school of art, sketching, drawing with pencils, feather pen, wash drawing, water color, color pencils, felt pens, gouache, acrylic, dry pastel, oil pastel and oil paint. I have learnt from observing nude and staged models.
Some artwork: https://eimablank.wixsite.com/theosdorongallery/art-prints