Chen (Cyrus) Chu

Chen (Cyrus) Chu is a third-year Master of Architecture student. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in political theory from McGill University. His research interests revolve around territorial politics, militarized landscape and the legal and political dimension of neoliberal infrastructural development. Chen’s current Master thesis studies the redesign of Diego Garcia in preparation for the resettlement of Chagossians evicted five decades ago. It analyzes the common practice of “blue-washing” environmental rhetoric and fortress conservation in efforts to conceal military footprints and the legal vehicles devised to support it. Through a reverse engineering of the same legal mechanism, it calls for new spatial narratives of the Chago Marine Protected Area (MPA) that reinstate indigenes’ rights of abode and uphold their claims to reparations. With an ambition to bridge design innovations with policy interventions, Chen (Cyrus) has had internship experience in both professional architecture companies and the public sector in multiple countries, such as the Regional Government of Occitanie (SGAR) in Toulouse and EU JRC, Ispra. 

Areas of Interest
Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Economic Development, Globalization, Government, International Studies, Land Use Law and Planning, Law and Policy, Postcolonialism, Safety, Theory of Architecture, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics


2013 - 2017
BSc. (Architecture), McGill University