Marine Leblond Contributing Architect
Hailing from France, Marine brings an international experience to the practice, drawing on her scientific background and eclectic interests to develop a unique architectural vision. Marine studied in Strasbourg, France, graduating in 2005 from the Architecture and Urban Design Department of the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), an engineering school.
During her early career she spent time at various practices around France, and was privileged to work in London for Pierre D'Avoine Architects on residential, commercial and landscape projects as well as exhibition and publication materials for the bestselling book, Housey Housey: a Pattern Book of Ideal Homes. As one of the youngest members of the high-profile Valode and Pistre Architects in Paris, Marine cut her teeth on the design of large public facilities, which involved technical rigour, while maintaining high architectural standards. Upon moving to Cape Town in 2006, Marine joined Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects as the Project Architect for an upmarket beach front shopping centre in Dakar, Senegal, coordinating teams in both South Africa and Senegal. Within the company, she also helped creating and developing the CGI (or 3D imaging) department. She moved on to pursue the role of Project Architect on the award-winning, thousand-square meter Mountain House in Cape Town, a prestigious position with Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects.
Marine's strong technical background lets her translate sensitive designs into sound engineering practice. Looking for an opportunity to explore her creativity and which would optimise her energy, she joined Open City Architects in 2012.