Arancha Muñoz-Criado holds Architecture and Urban Planning degrees from the University of Navarra (Spain) and Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Since 1992 she has developed an intense and successful professional career as a landscape architect, covering a wide range of scales and work typologies, in landscape design, planning and in landscape policies. Her work investigates a broad range of issues in landscape planning such as landscape change, green infraestructure, visual analysis, cultural landscapes, resource management, public use and Environmental Strategic Assessment.
She has specialized in design and in the applicattion of geographic information systems and digital visual simulation in Landscape and Environmental Planning. Built landscape projects include el Parque de Cabecera en Valencia; the Waterfront Promenade in Pinar Beach, Castellón; Waterfront Dune Park in la Albufera, Valencia and the Urban Garden in and Calle Chile, Valencia. While in private practice, Arancha Muñoz prepared the Valencian Landscape Act (2004) and the Valencian Landscape Regulations (2006). These documents have established a new legal framework which integrate landscape in the preexisting planning tools and proceedings and which require the inclusion of a Landscape Plan based in a Green Infrastructure in any Regional or Municipal Strategic Plan.
From 2007 to 2011 she has been Director of the Spatial Planning and Landscape Department of the Autonomous Region of Valencia. Among her many projects and responsibilities was the development of a Green Infrastructure Plan for the Region of Valencia , and the Landscape Plan for the Metropolitan Area of the City of Valencia.
Since 2011 to 2012 she was Viceminister for Environment, Spatial Planning and Landscape and has drived the Territorial Strategy for the Region of Valencia, approved by the Government in 2011. This Strategy includes the vision and legal regulations that will guide the future of the Valencia Region for the next years integrating ecological, socio-economic, cultural and aesthetic aspects in spatial planning. Based in this Strategy she is now conducting a new legal framework that includes spatial planning, urbanism, landscape and Environmental Strategic Assessment in a unique procedure for all planning tools.
Now she is associate director in Buro Happold Consulting (London), works as external consultant in many project around the world and usually participates in conferences and forums as keynote speaker.