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Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia RIBA COAC




Diploma in Architecture,
Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona

Cristina has more than 24 years of experience designing complex office, masterplanning, residential, and education projects across the UK, Europe and Asia. The integration of a variety of uses is central to her approach, which embraces the large-scale design of urban masterplanning to incorporate a range of building types linked to infrastructure, leisure facilities, and the public realm. Applying her considerable experience of sustainable design, Cristina consistently delivers buildings that take advantage of their climatic location to surpass environmental standards.

Since joining the firm in 1996, she has led several large-scale projects across Europe as Design Principal. Most recently, she was responsible for the RWTH Aachen University research cluster masterplan and Photonics Building in Germany. The masterplan unites several research institutions to create a clear and identifiable sense of place. The Photonics Building offers a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research and study of optic technologies. Other academic projects include the new Amstel Campus for the Amsterdam University of Applied Science, which allowed the relocation of almost all of the university’s institutes to the city centre.

Cristina led the design of the award-winning headquarters building for Endesa in Madrid, which set a new standard for sustainable design through environmental features such as a passive ventilation system. The project was recognised with an AIA New York Chapter Design Award and a Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award. In Moscow, she was responsible for the Park City Masterplan, a mixed-use 15-hectare riverfront scheme that will revitalize the south bank of the Moskva River.

Cristina has worked extensively in Asia. She is the Design Principal for the TRX CBD Masterplan in Kuala Lumpur, which incorporates office, retail, residential, and hotel typologies to create a vibrant new central business district. She has also led the design of the Worldmark Development in Delhi, a masterplan project that will combine world-class airport and commercial facilities to form the main gateway to India. When completed later in 2015, it will be a new hub for national and international business giants. In nearby Gurgaon, she served as Design Director for the one million square-foot Tata Primanti residential development, also nearing completion, while across India in Bangalore she managed the V Raheja Windermere development, comprising two towers, 10 duplexes, a clubhouse and a carpark.

In China, Cristina led the design of the He Don Tianjin Masterplan, a prestigious high-rise development that combines office, residential and retail accommodation to achieve a more sustainable urban form. More recently, she has served as Design Principal for the Pudong Riverside Masterplan, and the corporate headquarters for HuaWei Holdings in Shenzhen.

Cristina obtained her architectural diploma from the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Barcelona. She is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK as well as COAC, the Official College of Architects in Catalonia.