Director of Djao-Rakitine Ltd
Mayor's Design Advocate (Mayor of London)
Chartered member of the Landscape Institute
Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art in Paris and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles where she received the title of landscape architect DPLG from the French Government, Irene is also a chartered member of the Landscape Institute in the United Kingdom.
Prior to founding her own practice in February 2015, Irene was head of the landscape architecture practice Vogt London from 2009 to 2015 and project manager and head of landscape department at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris from 2006 to 2009. She started her professional career in 2004 working on urban projects for Co-Be (Paris), a multi-disciplinary practice specialised in architecture, urban planning and landscape.
Her collaboration with Jean Nouvel gave her a wide range of international experience developing landscape designs for projects such as the Philharmonic Concert Hall of Paris, the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi, the Seoul Performing Arts Center, the Ferrari assembly line in Modena, major public spaces in Colle di val d’Elsa, Italy and the landscape garden of Richemont Headquarter in Geneva.
At Vogt London, Irene was responsible for developing projects of various scales and programmes. Most notably, she oversaw the design development of the London 2012 Athletes Village public realm project for the Olympic Delivery Authority and Lend Lease. She was also part of the team in charge of developing the Olympic Legacy Framework for the London Legacy Development Corporation. Other projects developed for Vogt include: the new Tate Modern Gallery public realm (Herzog & De Meuron Arch.), Vejle Harbour, Denmark (Studio Olafur Eliasson); Droogdokkenpark, Antwerp new city park (Van Belle & Medina Arch.); Veolia Headquarter in Paris (Dietmar Feichtinger Arch.); Canada Water masterplan in London for Sellar+ (David Chipperfield arch.).
Irene was Visiting Critic to the London Mayor’s Project Review Panel in 2013-2016 and researcher at the ETH Zurich (Institute of Landscape Architecture) in 2015/2016.
Since 2017, she's been one of the London Mayor's Design Advocates to support the Mayor's Good Growth by Design plan.
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