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Lola Fernández


Lola Fernández


Head of Strategic and Integrated Planning and the Built Environment at DG Cities


Architecture and Design

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Lola is a city strategist with 12 years of experience in the UK, Europe, US and Africa, in the fields of economic geography, spatial development, urban planning, urban design and architecture.

Her work lies at the intersection between the built environment and digital infrastructure/new technologies having a strong urban innovation and sustainable development component.

Lola spearheads cutting-edge urban innovation projects in London. These explore the potential of digital and new technologies to optimize the use of resources, to improve the sustainability and resilience of the built environment and its communities, and to lead the transition to a low-carbon future and the green economy.

She is also involved in several European Commission projects and is active in EU city networks.

Finally, she regularly presents her work at Urban Innovation forums and congresses (e.g. Barcelona Smart City Congress)

Lola previously worked in international architectural and urban planning practices such as Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), and Foreign Office Architects. She led design teams and worked on international projects including the redevelopment of Birmingham New St Station in the UK and the development of a set of policy and design guidance for “le Grand Paris”, commissioned by former French President, N. Sarkozy.

Lola holds a Master in City Design and Social Science from the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science), a Master in Urban Economic Development from UCL (University College of London) and a Master in Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.