François Valentiny was born in 1953 in Remerschen, Luxembourg. Between 1975 and 1980 he studied architecture at the Ecole d’Architecture de Nancy and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
In 1980 he completed his studies with the title “Magister architecturae” in the master class of Prof. Holzbauer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and was awarded a scholarship by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research, Vienna. He also became an assistant at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg. In the same year, he formed a partnership with Hubert Hermann, founding the architects’ office Hermann & Valentiny in Luxembourg and Vienna.
From 1987 to 1992 he was a visiting lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Applied Sciences, Trier and in 1991 he became Luxembourg’s first representative at the Venice Biennale of Architecture
From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the design advisory committee to the City of Salzburg and from 1997 to 2006 he was a member of the architecture and urban advisory committee of the City of Trier and from 2000 to 2005, member of the advisory committee to the German Architecture Museum at Frankfurt. In 1997 he founded Hermann & Valentiny et Associés SARL.
Between 2000 and 2003 he was substitute professor at the University of Applied Sciences at Leipzig and in 2002 founded and published the first Luxembourg architecture magazine "Adato".
From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the administration committee of the Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie in Luxembourg and in both 2004 and 2006 was Luxembourg’s commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale.
He was made Président of the Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie in Luxembourg for the year 2006/2007 and in 2006 was awarded the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria (= 9th Class). In 2008 he was honoured for his overall architectural work in the Grand Duchy and abroad and received the Luxembourg Architecture Prize 2007 and in 2009 became a member of the "Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea" in Salzburg, Austria.
Since 2011 he has been a Master of Community Planning and Green Architectural Design with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.
2011 co-founder of the Festival "Musica em in Trancoso - MeT" and architect of the amphitheater in the canyon of Trancoso, Bahia, Brasilien
2012 member of the jury for the award of the Belgian Steel Design Award "Concours Construction Acier 2012 - Belgium"
2012 renaming of the company in Valentiny hvp architects Sarl, (L)