Summit Panelist: Raquel Penalosa
June 11, 2016
President, International Federation of Landscape Architects - Americas
A practicing Landscape Architect for more than 29 years, Raquel Peñalosa works at the encounter of landscape architecture, urban participatory design, active citizenship, and social innovation. Through her practice, she has developed public space projects and consultancies in the fields of planning, design and construction, directing and managing multidisciplinary teams with private and public sectors in Canada, California and France. She has acquired a distinctive practice and a fine sense of landscape and its diversity of expressions.
Through events like Flora Montreal 2006-2007, she developed a unique experience designing, implementing and promoting events that feature landscape architecture and garden design, putting forward the value of the green in today’s cities and urban life through sustainability. She is currently practicing participatory design and integrating collaborative processes into the design conversation. She was leader of the Biodiversity and Urban Agriculture Committee for the Montreal Ecocity World Summit in 2011. She has been invited to participate as a jury member in local and international events. Instrumental on the candidature to host IFLA World Congress 2017 in Montreal, she is co-chair of the Landscape Architecture Scientific Committee. As the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ IFLA Delegate since 2011, she chaired the development of the Canadian Landscape Charter. As IFLA Americas President since 2014, she is leading a movement: “Bridging the Landscapes of the Americas” to envision an Americas Landscape Charter.