Olga Ivanova

Project Consultant

020 7467 1470

I joined LDA Design’s urban design team in 2019. I see urban design and placemaking as tools that shape society and reconnect people with the places that they use, and I am proud to work amongst like-minded people. My professional background includes several years working as an architect, covering all stages from concept to construction. It means I keep design details and feasibility front of mind, always.

Since joining LDA, I have worked on a range of international projects and competitions, including a large residential scheme in Moscow. I enjoy applying LDA’s landscape-led approach to masterplanning and placemaking, and using this approach to celebrate local identity.

When I’m not working, I alternate between activities that don’t require any movement with something active, like riding any kind of board the climate allows me. For many years travelling has been my biggest passion – it has given me answers to whatever life or work related questions I’ve had.

Q&A


What is your secret superpower (at work)?

Listening to music or podcasts helps to create a sense of a flow.

My favourite view is …

From Shadwell Basin towards Canary Wharf. Four layers of architectural history together with the sky that reflects in the glass of the skyscrapers and two water bodies with opposite characters - the view is always different. Or just anything with water, sand and/or mountains.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve ever seen in a public space?

A little girl in a Disney Snow White’s dress lying on the floor and rolling down the ramp in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Almost ten other children joined in, demonstrating the power of a bottom-up placemaking initiative.

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