Biography – English

Stephane Kirkland is a highly-engaged participant in the global debate on the future of cities, and in particular on matters relating to Paris, the city he makes his home.

He is currently Director Buildings France for Arcadis, a global leader in design and consultancy for built and natural assets. He teaches urban affairs at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris (“Sciences Po”)  and at the City of Paris Engineering School and writes and lectures on the history of Paris and on urban matters.

Stephane’s book on the Second Empire Transformation of Paris, Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann and the Quest to Build a Modern City, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012 and in paperback by Picador in 2013.

Stephane was  born in Paris, of French and American descent. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover before studying architecture in Paris at the École d’Architecture Paris-Villemin (today ENSA Paris-Malaquais), one of the schools created to replace the École des Beaux Arts, receiving his qualification as an architect (DPLG) in 1994. He obtained a DEA (post-graduate degree) in architecture history from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a post-graduate degree in urban law and economics from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

After working as an architect near Toulouse from 1994 to 1998, Stephane obtained an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, in 2000. He then worked as a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates in London and Amsterdam. In 2002, he joined international energy company Centrica plc, where he occupied roles in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and general management in London, Paris, New York and Pittsburgh until 2011. He moved back to Paris and worked with architecture firm Caméléon3 from 2012 to 2015.

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