Ekaterina is an urban designer with more than eight years of international masterplanning experience. Born in Russia, raised in Germany and educated in the US, she has been working in London since 2008. At HOK – a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm – she leads the design of large scale city masterplans in different parts of the world, most recently Expo 2020 in Dubai, and the plan for Istanbul New City for a population of 1.2 million people. Ekaterina has been exploring how Big Data and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies can be used to design the Smart City of the future.

For HOK’s urban design practice, Ekaterina has helped develop new methodologies, allowing the creation of masterplans parametrically, making them more informative as design tools and adaptive to change. She has spoken at conferences such as Ovum’s Smart to Future Cities and National Building Specification (NBS) Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building.