What we do

Design, Planning Applications, Tender, Site Supervision.

Services tailored to your needs.

Michael Zander Architecture is an architectural practice specialising in luxury hotels, restaurants and villas, based in Valbonne in the south of France. With over 15 years in practice Michael Zander has carried out projects for many of the most prestigious hotels in the world, including the Grand Hotel in St Jean Cap Ferrat and the Carlton in Cannes, as well as many private luxury villas on the French Riviera.

Our team includes French, English and Russian speaking architects, all with a wealth of experience in the region. The principal architect, Michael Zander, is registered to practice both in France and in Britain, and is a member of RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.

We work on a varied range of projects, from home extensions, refurbishments and interior design right through to hotel and commercial premises construction. As English speaking architects on the Côte d’Azur we also frequently act as local architect in charge of planning and site supervision for overseas architects with projects in the south of France. We are based near Cannes and cover areas including Nice, Paris and Monaco.

Our work comes mainly from personal recommendation – many of our clients are ‘veterans’ who have already worked with us on several projects. Whatever the size of project we spend time with each client to understand the type of design and architecture that inspires them, their practical needs and their budget. MZArchitecture can be involved as much as the client wishes – from architectural or interior design only, through to planning applications, contractor tenders and site supervision.


Ivan Levieux

Architect DPLG

Ivan joined MZA in 2022 as a senior project architect. He has over 14 years’ experience in architecture, including 8 years as project architect and then head of agency in an architectural practice in Shanghai. His experience includes hotels, offices, retail, master planning and private residences. He is currently working on the major extension and renovation of hotel Le Mas Candille in Mougins.

Ivan is a native French speaker and speaks English and Mandarin.


Alice-Edmee Michalland

Architect DE

Alice joined MZA in 2020, working on the renovation of YouTube’s offices in Paris as well as on hotel Lily of the Valley. She is currently working on a major residential villa construction in Cannes.
Alice is bilingual in French, English and Italian.


Dorsaf Ennajah

Architect DE

Dorsaf joined MZA in 2022 and takes the role of assistant project architect for Hôtel Le Mas Candille, as well as for two luxury private residences.

Dorsaf is a native Tunisian and is bilingual in French.


Morgane Cruciata

Architect DE

Morgane joined MZA in 2022 and takes the role of assistant project architect for Hôtel Le Mas Candille as well as for various private residences.


Samantha Benon

Administration Manager

Samantha joined MZA in 2022. She has over 20 years’ experience in administration and operations in the hospitality business, including radio, events management, and the luxury cruise ship and yachting industry.
Samantha is bilingual in English and French.