After his classical and artistic studies in Milan, Dan Dorell enrolled the Politecnico di Milano in 1992 and obtained his degree in architecture in 1998.
After starting his career in London, he came to Paris in order to work for the architect Renzo Piano. He started his first architecture practice in 2002. Soon afterwards, he co-founded DGT (Dorell Ghotmeh Tane / Architects ) and developed the « Archeology of the future » methodology whose purpose is to oppose the standardisation and homologation of architecture by using a multidisciplinary method of research and archeology for the production of contemporary architecture anchored in the site local identity and traditions.
Dan Dorell’s work does not result from considerations of style or ideology, but from a quest to create a unique concept for a singular combination of people, place and time. His contextual approach result in a uniqueness of his projects, transforming their environments as the Estonian National Museum in Tartu.
His works have gained world-wide recognition through numerous prestigious French and International prizes and rewards. In 2016, The Estonian National Museum in Tartu was awarded the French architecture Grand Prix for international buildings (AFEX) for its role as “a successful bridge between past and future”. He has also received the Silver Medal from the French Academy of Architecture.