Isabelle Desfoux


Isabelle is an Associate at Balmori Associates. Since joining Balmori in 2012, Isabelle has worked on projects around the world that artfully integrate natural processes and human experience at all scales.

In Iowa City, Isabelle worked on the water sensitive landscape design for the New Hancher Auditorium Performing Arts Center. On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, she developed the master plan for the Liamuiga National Park, located over the island’s primary aquifer.

Isabelle is involved in several high-end residential, corporate and mixed use developments in a variety of urban contexts such as Doha, Qatar; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Washington, DC and New York City. She is currently working on the realization of 565 Broome SoHo, the New York Police Academy in Queens, and the CUNY City Tech Campus in Brooklyn. She is designing a system of terraces for the Capitol Crossing development in Washington, DC as well as the grounds of the San Miguel de Tucuman Airport in Argentina.

Isabelle worked on the design of a contemporary art park in Atlantic City aimed at opening up to public use of abandoned lots along the boardwalk. She has been involved in several design/build public art installations around the world, designing temporary gardens for two Garden Expositions in Wuhan and Beijing in China, as well as in Canada for the International Garden Festival in Metis and the Cool Gardens festival in Winnipeg. At the 2015 Atlanta Elevate festival, Isabelle both designed and coordinated with volunteers to build the Meditation Room: Reflecting on Horizon.

Isabelle collaborated with internationally renowned architects on several competitions in Italy, Australia, and in the US. She worked on Occupy the Dune, winner of MoMa Ps1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, and led the highly commended design for the Play Park competition in Dublin, Ireland.

Isabelle holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. Her graduate thesis examined phased urban design implementation in public spaces in New York City.