Noémie Lafaurie-Debany



Noemie Lafaurie-Debany is a Partner at Balmori Associates. The landscape and urban design practice founded in 1990 by Diana Balmori is recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures that serves as the interface between landscape and architecture.  Noemie played a role in activating BAL/LABs within Balmori Associates, to further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering: Green roofs, Floating islands, Temporary landscapes, Forms of representation, Zero waste city, among others.

Noemie has lead Balmori teams on a number of major projects including: the Broadway Malls Master Plan in New York City, the Ministry of Agriculture in Buenos Aires, a contemporary art park in Atlantic City, NJ and Hermas Development in Doha, Qatar. She directed the design and installation of Urban Living Room with Save the Children in Rome, Italy, Making Circles in the Water for the International Garden Festival in Metis, Canada, and the Meditation Rooms in China and in New York City for the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival and the Drawing Center. She’s currently managing the construction administration phases of outdoor spaces of two residential towers in New York City and the design of green roofs and terraces for Capitol Crossing in Washington, DC.

Noemie worked closely with Diana Balmori on numerous publications including A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) which received international attention and was recently translated into Chinese, Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture (Monacelli Press, 2011) and Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (A/D Wiley, 2014).

Prior to joining Balmori in 2007, Noemie was project manager for Fung Collaboratives, an organization that specializes in the development and production of experimental international contemporary art exhibitions. She worked closely with over thirty internationally renowned architects and artists such as Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Steven Holl, Anish Kapoor, and Kiki Smith to produce monumental hybrid works of art and architecture.  She authored essays explaining the design and construction processes of these exhibitions in The Snow Show published (Thames and Hudson, 2005).

Trained as an architect at the École Nationale Supérieure D'Architecture De Nancy, France, Noemie was awarded a scholarship and spent her final year studying Nordic design and architecture at the University of Oulu in Finland.

Masters in Architecture (equivalent), July 2004
École Nationale Supérieure D'Architecture De Nancy, France
Study Exchange Program of Modern Nordic Architecture, October 2002 to July 2003
University of Oulu, Finland

Fung Collaboratives, project manager, 2003-2006
Balmori Associates, partner 2007- present