Ungureanu brings diversity of experience to the firm’s global Planning + Urban Design group.
Cristina Ungureanu, AICP, is the new regional leader of Planning for HOK’s Los Angeles studio.
With experience in planning, urban design and creative placemaking in New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles, she works nimbly across contexts, scales and disciplines.
“We’re excited to welcome Cristina to HOK to grow our flourishing practice,” said Anne Fletcher, AIA, LEED AP, managing principal of the Los Angeles studio. “Cristina’s diverse experience and strong track record of dynamic and inclusive projects will be a rich asset to the team and our clients.”
Ungureanu has spearheaded large-scale urban projects for public, private and institutional clients, including major economic and community development projects, long-range redevelopment studies and open space planning projects. She is passionate about helping clients chart their path to more magnetic, equitable and resilient communities. Ungureanu works holistically to shape policies and programs in addition to the physical environment.
“My approach to solving complex urban challenges is rooted in spatial justice and a critical understanding of the cultural, socioeconomic, historical and ecological factors that shape our cities,” said Ungureanu. “I am driven by lifting up the lived experiences of the communities and clients we serve.”
She is a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona and a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Ungureanu’s work has received multiple accolades, including the William H. Whyte Award at the APA New York Metro Chapter Awards and an Award of Merit from the NYCxDesign Awards.