"I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me."
- Maya Lin
The Great British Countryside is more than an iconic, beautiful, productive and diverse landscape; it is an idea deeply ingrained within the National psyche and one that seems to infiltrate my work at every level. Growing up in the Cotswolds it is also a key part of my own personal identity, and indeed some of my earliest memories are to this backdrop.
I have a strong love of the arts, but enjoy them most when combined with a technical approach, working with the natural environment and the passage of time. I aim to understand the spirit of a place, working sensitively with this to develop concepts and design details. I feel that my work is humanistic in character and informed by the social responsibility we have as Landscape Architects.
I also enjoy engaging with the landscape around me, be it cycling in the Cotswolds or walking in the Lake District, revisiting my favorite places, and seeing how they evolve over time.
Hankinson Duckett Associates is a professional consultancy based in Oxfordshire. The multi-disciplinary practice is made up of Landscape Architects, Ecologists, and Arboriculturists, who work closely to resolve complex and large-scale design and planning issues.
As an Assistant Landscape Architect I contributed to a wide range of projects providing conceptual and technical drawings for commercial, residential and recreational developments including Quarry restorations, SANG’s, Green links and river corridors. I was responsible for the production of construction details and planting plans for private and commercial projects including urban extensions, leisure facilities, solar farms and private gardens. I also produced plans and drawings to support LVIA reports.
In addition to my work as part of the Landscape team I supported the Ecology and Arboriculture teams on site, conducting Bat, Great Crested Newt and Tree surveys.
del Buono Gazerwitz is an award wining Landscape Architecture Practice specialising in the creation of beautiful private gardens. del Buono Gazerwitz were awarded a gold medal for ‘The Telegraph Garden’ at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.
After completing my Degree I returned to work with del Buono Gazerwitz over the summer as an Assistant Landscape Architect. I produced conceptual drawings for a range of small and medium scale design projects. By exploring ideas in 3 dimensions and producing high quality visuals I was able to help communicate design concepts to clients. I also contributed to the implementation of schemes, producing technical drawings; focusing on the use of materials and design details, as well as visiting sites during construction to deliver a high quality product.
During my degree studies I completed two successful work placements with del Buono Gazerwitz. I found this experience to be very rewarding and gained a insight into the profession and how a practice runs.
Putting elements of the degree course into practice I contributed to projects at various stages including; idea generation, outline planning, detailed design & costing, as well as Liaising with clients and suppliers to help realise concepts.
During my MA studies at Leeds Beckett University I have continued to develop my design skills and establish a unique style. The first design studio began with a study trip to Amsterdam to explore how the city has, and is continuing to develop. Working within the context of Arup’s Cities Alive I produced a masterplan and series of proposals for a new urban extension along the cities northern bank. The scheme focused around proposals for a number of permanent cycle bridges crossing the river IJ and how these bridging points could promote development. Based in Liverpool, my major design portfolio saw the development of the Baltic Triangle Urban Forest. The proposal was an infrastructure scale project looking to promote and facilitate development within the Baltic Triangle, a once industrial neighbourhood. Following on from two large scale landscape projects I went on to explore the smaller temporary spaces created during the Glastonbury Festival, working the 6 week build and de-rig with Greenpeace. Shocked by the volume of waste; especially leftover tents, I designed an installation that could easily feature in the Greenpeace field and made use of unwanted tents and camping equipment. Alongside these design lead projects, I also studied the fundamentals of professional practice gaining an insight to the running of a practice and an introduction to law and BIM.
MA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY
(2010 - 2014)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM.
As part of the ‘Design and Community’ programme I worked with Herd Farm Activity Centre in Leeds who offer educational and residential experiences to young people of all abilities within the rugged Yorkshire landscape. We were asked to site and design a bespoke and fully accessible campsite that offered a secure and engaging environment to learn and relax. In addition, we developed site wide proposals to improve circulation and accessibility, strengthen existing character areas and define spaces for new interventions at Herd Farm. The work produced has helped secure funding and guide the long-term development of the site.
This experience strengthened my believe in the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to the natural environment, regardless of age, ability, financial independence or any other criteria. Influenced by the staff and visitors I met at Herd Farm I went on to write my dissertation ‘The Importance of Accessible Rural Green Space.’
Following on from my A level studies, I attended Stroud College, where I completed an Art + Design Foundation Degree. The foundation degree provided the opportunity to explore the various schools of Art, where I developed a strong understanding of the creative process, and a broad base of skills and knowledge to draw influence from.