Arancha Munoz-Criado

Aga Khan Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Arancha Muñoz-Criado is an architect and urban planner, Master in Landscape Architecture (Harvard 1992) with more than 25 years of experience in landscape planning and design and in delivering green infrastructure in strategic planning, projects and policy. As Director for Urban Planning, Landscape and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Spain, she developed and directed; The Sustainable Territorial Strategy for the Region 2030, The Regional Green Infrastructure Plan and the Landscape and Urban Development Law which establishes Green Infrastructure as the framework for urban planning for the 550 municipalities of the region. She also defined the first Landscape Protection Law approved in Spain. Prior to her role in regional government, she was responsible for the design of major river corridors, coastal plains, parks, master plains, municipal plans for urban growth and conservation of cultural landscapes, and for regional and urban open space systems. She has recently led the Masterplan for the rehabilitation of Wadi Al Aqeeq in Medinah, Saudi Arabia (with Buro Happold), the Strategy and Design Guidelines for Qatar´s Public Realm (with AECOM) and the development of a Green Infrastructure Framework for the USA (ESRI).