Les frontalières

Marilène Blain-Sabourin,
Architect MOAQ

Originally from Montreal, Marilène Blain-Sabourin studied environmental design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She then worked at the Cirque du Soleil as a creative content designer, and then as a consultant at the Wildlife Conservation Society for the development of the Conkouati-Douli National Park before pursuing her education in architecture at the Université de Montréal. After receiving her degree, she worked at DFS Architecture until 2017. Since 2013, she has been involved in the Architecture Sans Frontières Québec organization also in addition to intermittently working for Habitat for Humanity. She has also participated in the development of an evolving house project in Concepcion (Chile) with Alejandro Arajena. Recipient of the 2014 Zumbotel International Innovation award, this project helped vulnerable families in Southern Chile access housing. With extensive professional experience that led her to work in Quebec and abroad, she wishes to use her expertise within a collaborative approach that places humankind and the cultural landscape at the heart of project design. 


2017: ​​Founded Marilène Blain-Sabourin, Architecte (CAN)

2015-2017: DFS Architecture, Designer/Intern, Montreal (CAN)

2013-2014: Master’s degree in architecture – Université de Montréal (CAN)

2013​: La Firme, Designer/Project manager (CAN)

2012​​: Wildlife Conservation Society, Project manager (CONGO Republic)

2010: ​​ELEMENTAL, Designer/Intern (CHILI)

2007-2012: ​Cirque du Soleil, Creative content designer (CAN)

2004-2007: ​Bachelor’s degree in environmental design – Université du Québec à Montréal (CAN)

2004-2007 : ​Bac en design de l’environnement – Université du Québec à Montréal (CAN)

Awards and honours

2020: Finalist – Public vote – Prix d’excellence de l’Ordre des Architectes du Québec 2020

2015: ​Finalist, Prix de Rome – Early career award from Canada Council for the Arts

2015: NFOE Excellence Award: ​​Guy-Desbarats Excellence Award

2014: ​​Selected candidate for WSEN Summit (SOUTH AFRICA)

2014:​​ Selected candidate for WAT UNESCO (CHINA)

2010: ​​Project finalist – Festival des Jardins de Métis (Co-design with Eve Larochelle and Sophie Pelletier)


2020: La Tribune, Dernière chance hivernale

2020: CBC, New, exciting, breathtaking attractions on offer at Canadian parks in 2020

2019: La Presse, Dormir dans un conteneur au sommet du mont Saint-Joseph

2019: Géo Plein Air, Spectaculaire refuge conteneur

2019: Espace.ca, Un nouveau mini-refuge spectaculaire au Parc National du Mont-Mégantic

2019: ICI Radio-Canada, Un refuge écologique construit au parc national du Mont-Mégantic

2019: Silo57, Un nouveau mini-chalet à 1045m d’altitude

2019: Cantonsdelest.com, Conteneur panoramique sur le mont Saint-Joseph

Social implications

Since 2016: Desti-Nations, Administrator

Since 2013: Architecture Sans Frontières, Administrator/Project manager, Madagascar

2015-2017: Habitat for Humanity, Co-designer/Intern


2020: Magazine FORMES, Cadence…Décadence – L’architecture collaborative pour assurer la conservation des territoires fragilisés