A Landscape Architect from the University of Montreal, Raquel Peñalosa has practised for more than 25 years in the fields of planning, design and construction of landscape architecture and urban design projects, directing and managing multidisciplinary teams.
She has been recognized for her leadership and capacity to bring new perspectives and innovative approaches to her work. Her international experience in California and France has given Raquel a distinctive practice that has ranged from large-scale urban projects to local public spaces, both within private and public spheres. 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 process within the social innovation approaches. She brings into the design conversation the active citizenship practice to imagine more thriving and human oriented cities.
She was the leader of the Biodiversity and Urban Agriculture Committee, as well as a member of the Ecocity Charrette committee for the Montreal Ecocity World Summit 2011. And she was instrumental on the candidature to celebrate IFLA World Congress 2017 in Montreal.
CSLA’s IFLA Delegate since 2011, she was elected IFLA AMERICAS President in 2014. She has being invited to participate as a jury member in local and international events.
As part of her engagement in the community, she is also a Board Member of various associative and community organisms where she has dedicated her time and efforts to advance organizational and citizen governance as well as the involvement of the younger generations for a more creative and thriving society.