Luisa is an architect and urban designer at Prior + Partners. She has 5+ years professional experience working in South America and in the UK in multiple scales of design, including residential and housing, urban masterplanning and resilience and climate adaptation strategies for cities.
Previous to joining Prior + Partners Luisa was employed by AECOM Design and Planning where she worked on large-scale regeneration schemes in London including Old Oak Common and Thamesmead masterplans. She also collaborated with the Sustainability & Resilience Consultancy team providing advice in urban research, report writing and graphic narrative and storyboarding.
Luisa is a registered architect in Brazil and received her MSc in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT, USA.
Euston Station Masterplan, London
Luisa is an urban designer on Euston HS2 Station masterplan. She contributes to the design strategy, masterplan studies and preparation of the outline planning application. Lendlease commissioned Prior + Partners to lead the masterplanning work for the redevelopment of Euston Station and surrounding area. Building on the opportunity of enhancing how the 7-hectare site connects with adjacent neighbourhoods and beyond, the masterplan aims to create a diverse mixed-use city quarter with spaces for living, working, leisure and culture.
Porto Romana, Milan, Italy
Luisa contributed to the design strategy and led the capacity study of the masterplan, developing parametric tools to measure the quantum of development and land distribution between different stakeholders. AECOM was appointed to develop an overall brief and advise strategic masterplanning for the 22 hectare Porta Romana railway yards in Milan. The study informed COIMA’s bid to deliver the Athletes Village for the 2026 Winter Olympics Games and develop a legacy mixed-use neighbourhood with prime residential, social and student housing, offices and a city-scale park.
Greater Manchester Resiliency Strategy, Manchester
Luisa was responsible for desktop publishing. She provided advice in strategic narrative, graphics and storyboarding for GMA’s Resiliency Strategy. This work was undertaken under the objectives of the 100 Resilient Cities programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. AECOM is a 100 RC “Strategy Partner” for 34 out of the 100 cities and is responsible for supporting the cities with project management and technical leadership, identifying and addressing resilience challenges and opportunities.
Thamesmead Waterfront Capacity Study, London
Luisa supported the design optioneering, typology studies and 3D visualisations for Thamesmead’s Vision, Massing & Capacity Study. AECOM was appointed to review the existing masterplan for Thamesmead Waterfront, capitalising on the opportunities presented by investment in key infrastructure, including the proposed DLR extension. To support the case for investment, Luisa and the team assessed options for increasing the number of units from 11,500 by a further 2,000 - 4,000 homes. The masterplan delivers a new place for living in London by the Thames, with extensive green and blue infrastructure, a new riverside park and freshwater lakeside environment.
Old Oak Common Masterplan, London
As urban designer, Luisa supported the development of the strategic vision and scenarios for priority areas in the masterplan. She contributed to the capacity testing and options appraisals reports which integrated the infrastructural, public realm and planning requirements to meet OPDC’s ambitious housing targets. Luisa also prepared plans and presentations for OPDC’s Land acquisition programme. Old Oak Common is a 140 ha regeneration project in North West London, the most significant regeneration project in the city since London 2012. The masterplan aims to deliver 25,000 new homes and 60,000 new jobs for Londoners, on land assembled phase by phase around the proposed new interchange between HS2 and Crossrail.
Lisbon Resiliency Strategy, Lisbon, Portugal
Luisa supported the City of Lisbon in navigating the development of its resilience and climate adaptation strategies. She facilitated the preparation of workshop and stakeholder engagement activities, including mapping of stakeholder surveys, guiding perceptions and actions inventories, and the identification of the city’s shocks, stresses and weaknesses towards the Preliminary Resilience Assessment. Lisbon faces high levels of youth unemployment and aging infrastructure against a backdrop of increased flood risk and potential earthquake.The city was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities programme where AECOM advised as its “Strategy Partner”.