Professor Jean Jacques Haffner, at the School of Architecture, has been awarded the Legion of Honor by the French War Office for his service with the French Army during the war, it was announced yesterday. M. Haffner entered the French Army as a Lieutenant of Engineers on August 1, 1914, and served in the front line continuously until December, 1917, with the exception of nine months spent in a hospital recovering from wounds received in action. He also received several citations for his service while in the front line. In 1917, he was appointed Liaison Officer and Instructor in the American Army Schools in France.
Professor Haffner came from France a year ago to accept a professorship at the University Architectural School. He ranks as a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome, one of the highest honors to which architects aspire. In 1904 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts, where he was one of the most prominent students. Among other honors at the Ecole, he won first prize in the Concours Chevenard, the Concours Roux, and the Concours Rongevin, but it was not until 1914, a short time before the war broke out, that he received the Grand Prix de Rome.
Since taking up his work in the University he has promoted cooperation between the University School of Architecture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where M. Albert Ferran, also a winner of the Grand Prix, took charge of design at the same time that Professor Haffner started work at the University.