Natalia Roussou is a Senior Chartered Landscape Architect and Qualified Architect with over fourteen years’ experience in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Her multidisciplinary background has allowed Natalia to develop a well-rounded design approach, enabling her to think creatively across the boundaries of different disciplines. Through landscape led masterplanning, Natalia aims to bring nature back to each site, celebrating its heritage and creating distinctive biodiverse places. She has extensive experience in managing complex project coordination on large-scale urban developments such Kidbrooke Village and South Quay Plaza by Berkeley Homes and is passionate about bringing landscape to the forefront of decision making from concept design to delivery on site. Her robust approach to detailing and thorough involvement in the site stages, lead to the delivery of high-quality award-winning public realm on site.
Natalia runs a team of twelve landscape architects in the London Office and is a key member of the team leading the development and submission of bids to secure future work to the practice. She is also a Practice Tutor for the Landscape MA/MLA at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and a Landscape Institute mentor for landscape architects preparing for their Professional Qualification exams.
Her early projects at HTA include the award winning Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital redevelopment in Hackney, and the regeneration works to Geoffrey Jellicoe’s Water Gardens, a registered modernist park that secured a 3.5m HLF funding and won the Landscape Institute Award in 2017. Over the last 6 years she has been the landscape lead across all workstages on a number of high profile residential-led mixed use developments in London including;
South Quay Plaza in Canary Wharf: Natalia has led the design of the public realm, park and roof gardens associated with three of the tallest mixed use residential towers in the UK designed by Foster and Partners. The public realm occupies two thirds of the site creating an urban oasis in the dense built environment of Canary wharf and revitalising the dockside. Two of the phases have been completed on site and HTA’s involvement in the design and site operations continues.
Kidbrooke Village in Greenwich: Natalia’s team has been working on the multiple phases from planning to delivery on site of the award winning 4500 new homes regeneration by Berkeley since 2016 including the redesign of the 8ha Cator Park in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust. The park creates a rich biodiverse habitat mosaic and a 3000sqm bespoke sculptural play area. Kidbrooke Village won the Mayor's Award for Sustainable & Environmental Planning in the Building London Planning awards in 2020. Cator Park won the Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity and The President’s Award in the Landscape institute awards in 2020.
TwelveTrees Park in Newham: a major complex mixed-use regeneration scheme on the Lea River to the south of the Olympic Park including 3800 new homes, 16,000 sqm commercial space, a new secondary school, a 5-acre park at its heart and a series of civic spaces connecting to a new station building for West Ham station.
Plumstead, West Thamesmead in Greenwich: the first in a series of major developments by Peabody as part of the wider regeneration of Thamesmead, delivering 1,800 homes, a central park, green streets and multiple podiums. The project will be an important catalyst to unlocking wider regeneration in the area and setting the benchmark for exemplar landscape and public realm.
Natalia qualified and worked for three years as an architect before her interest in landscape and the public realm led her to pursue the Masters in Landscape Architecture at the ETH in Zurich. Prior to HTA she worked on a number of large-scale projects; from landscape led masterplanning to detailed design for parks including the masterplan for Imperial College’s landholdings in Kent and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UAE while she was working for Gustafson Porter.