Marianne Potvin

MPotvin_HGSLI_PhotoMarianne F. Potvin is a first year PhD Student at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Born in Peru and raised in West Africa and South-East Asia, Marianne received a B.Sc and Master in Architecture (M. Arch.) from the University of Montreal. After getting her architect license and working in the design field for a few years (Egypt, Dubai and Canada), Marianne carried out humanitarian missions both with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and international NGOs. She has worked on water projects for victims of armed conflict in Northern Iraq (2011), and managed urban rehabilitation projects in Afghanistan (2009-2010), as well as community-based school construction initiatives in the Sudanese refugee camps of the border of Chad and Darfur (2008). In Kabul, she also co-chaired the Emergency Shelter Cluster where she participated in reviewing urban shelter policies with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). In 2013, Marianne received a Master in Design Studies (MDesS) from the GSD, where she was awarded the Dimitris Pikionis Award for excellence in her program.  She is passionate about her current PhD research, which explores how development and humanitarian aid shapes the built environment, particularly in marginalized contexts. She loves to travel and discover remote territories.