Canadian architect Isabelle Marie Cyr has lived and worked in Canada, India, Senegal, Congo, Liberia, China and Brazil, she has worked on urban development projects on housing and slum upgrading issues with the World Bank, the United Nations and NGOs. She has lectured in two universities in Beijing, namely about “Architecture for a Difference”, discussing architecture as a catalyst for social change. She has also been a consultant at the World Bank on urban development, post disaster recovery and heritage issues. In parallel, she published her travel stories with a local Canadian newspaper and maintained a blog for a number of years. She previously collaborated with Radio-Canada Vancouver; she is at the moment an international correspondent for the Italian architectural magazine Studio.
Currently based in Paris, she has been exploring with her family the legacies of post-war public housing while working as a real estate manager and family CEO. She is currently completing a book about Beijing housing.