Concha Aranda


Concha has been an Urban Designer at Prior + Partners since April 2019. She understands the role of architects and designers as key catalysts to create community and enforce the relation between the society and the public and private sectors. She pays special attention to the project’s context and the characteristics of its identity. 


Her work shows her consistent interest in urban and territorial transformations worldwide and her keen interest to pursue further research in sustainable urban environments. Previous to joining Prior + Partners, Concha worked in The Netherlands employed by J Van’t Spijker delivering projects from urban to architectural scales, in Iceland, Spain and The Netherlands.

Silvertown Masterplan, London

Concha actively participated in the design of the Phase 1 of Silvertown Quays masterplan and helped putting together the Phase 1 ‘Reserved Matters’ planning application submitted in September 2019. Silvertown Quays offers the opportunity to create a unique and exciting place, celebrating heritage, activating the water and creating a new centre for the Royal Docks. The site is strategically located between Canary Wharf and City Airport, and is well connected to existing DLR stations, with a new walking and cycling bridge linking the site to the future Elizabeth Line at Custom House.

Alula Strategy, Saudi Arabia

Concha provided design advice and strategic leadership to the Royal Commission for AlUla on the detailed masterplanning of its ‘Core Heritage Area.’ This area involves a UNESCO World Heritage Site and numerous archaeological assets.


Google San Jose, USA

Concha worked as Urban Designer in the support that Prior + Partners is providing to Google in the development of a major mixed use quarter in downtown San Jose. The City is the epicentre of the global technology industry and the wider Silicon Valley. The project is clustered around the proposed new California High Speed Rail Station and expanded Caltrain Station at Diridon as well as lying between the City Centre and adjacent residential neighbourhoods.

Vogabyggo, Reykjavik, Iceland

During her time in J Van’t Spijker, Concha participated in the redevelopment and densification of a former industrial area in Reykjavik, Iceland. This integral design approach resulted in a widely supported process with municipality, developer and future inhabitants. Within the context of this project there were smaller detailed applications such as Vogabyggo Shore, project in which Concha participated on its different scales, from urban design to an architectural detail.


Hedinsreitur, Reykjavik, Iceland

During her time in J Van’t Spijker, Concha participated in the design of Hesdinsratur area, in Iceland.

Along the new development axes of Reykjavik the city aims to reduce car traffic and create urban areas for people. This project proposes a redevelopment and densification of a former industrial area with a strong focus on liveability, diverse housing typologies and high quality public spaces


Three Courtyards, Delft, The Netherlands

During her time in J Vant Spijker, Concha participated in the bid to redevelop a neighbourhood in Delft, The Netherlands. Oriented towards the creation of placemaking urban spaces to combine residential, cultural and health landuses.


Industrial Area Reactivation, Igualada, Spain

During her time in J Van’t Spijker office, Concha worked in the competition entry to proposed the reactivation of an industrial neighbourhood in a town in Barcelona. It entailed a detail urban design proposal strongly connected to a methodology research in ways of reactivating industrial neighbourhoods and the inclusion of industrial landuse with city growing.

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