Raul Bielsa-Perez

URBAN DESIGNER

Raul is an Urban Designer at Prior + Partners where he has been involved with projects in the UK and the US focusing on strategic vision, urban framework, masterplanning and urban and landscape design.

 

Raul is interested in urban and territorial transformations worldwide focusing on urban research, interactive cartographies, polices and landscape simulations.

 

Previous to joining Prior + Partners Raul graduated in MSc Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association and he was employed by Groundlab (Landscape|Urbanism|Architecture) with experience in a variety of large-scale public projects and contexts including Chile, Nepal and Russia.

Silvertown Masterplan, London

Raul 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

Raul provided design advise and strategic leadership to the Royal Comission of AlUla for the detailed masterplanning of its Core Heritage Area. This area involves a UNESCO Heritage Site and numerous archeological assets.

Google San Jose, USA

As urban designer, Raul has undertaken studies to understand the potential for transit-orientated development around the existing station, railway alignment and station layout design coordination. 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. The redefinition of the relationships between public transport accessibility, passenger experience has been a key element of the program. 

Alameda Providencia Corridor, Santiago, Chile

Raul support Groundlab team as an urban and landscape designer. He was involve in the design development of the project as well as the detail design. The project comprises the design of a 12 km transport/urban corridor that enhances the public space and integrates public transport to the civic life of the city by prioritising pedestrian and bicycle movement. It creates a linear plaza framed by water and tree landscape that brings back the character of the corridor as an ‘Alameda’.

Post Olympic Development Imeretinka 2.0, Sochi, Russia

Raul participated in this masterplanning competition as an urban and landscape designer. Sitting between the towering Caucasus Mountains and the majestic Black Sea, Imeretinka territory enjoys an exceptional geographical location. These unique conditions set the perfect background for a successful post-Olympic development that could take advantage of: adjacent coastlines, nearby ski resorts, ready-to-go transport facilities and airport, and Olympic sports facilities, all embedded into Sochi greater urban area in a benevolent subtropical weather. The design principles aim at capitalising on these paradisical opportunities and formulate a unique Imeretinka brand and identity as the place where the Caucasus Mountains meet the Black Sea.

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