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Landscape Institute 2012/14 President's Review

The Landscape Institute has enjoyed a busy and successful two years, influencing policy and raising its profile. As Sue Illman’s presidency draws to a close, we look back over the achievements and events of the period.
Introduction by the President

The start of my presidency in the summer of 2012 coincided with the opening of the Olympic Park. What better way to start? In its review of 2012, The Architects’ Journal gave this advice to its readers: ‘Resolution 1: Engage a landscape designer at the outset of your project.’ In the same article the AJ said:

‘2012 will go down as the year British landscape design reinvented itself. Two of the main talking points, the Olympics and green infrastructure, have put the emotive power of quality landscape design firmly in the public eye and in professional consciousness.’ 

As I come to the end of my presidency, the Farrell Review, which helpfully speaks of landscape as the ‘primary infrastructure’, was published to industry-wide enthusiasm and government indifference. Just a few days later,
it was great to see the enthusiastic public response to the opening of the Olympic South Park as 50,000 people enjoyed this much anticipated Olympic legacy. 

This has been an exciting two years for the Landscape Institute and also a great period for public appreciation of landscape architecture in general. Over this time, despite a challenging operating environment, the Institute has significantly increased its activities. Recognition of the Institute has improved massively, its profile has risen through greater partnership working and there is now a wide following for what we do way beyond the constituency of UK-based landscape architecture. In the area of green infrastructure our publications, videos and competitions have made a huge impact and our recent work campaigning for a coordinated response to flood prevention from government has not only generated considerable media coverage but has also complemented our longer-term work on sustainable drainage, water management and water sensitive urban design. 

Our aim is always to work with our individual members and registered practices not only to fulfil our role as a chartered body representing the landscape profession but also as an educational charity preparing future generations of landscape practitioners.

Over the past two years I have visited almost all of our branches and our devolved nations; they have inspired me and I hope that I have inspired them with our shared devotion to good quality, well-designed and properly managed landscapes. I have only been able to do this work with the support of our members, our Advisory Council, our many committee members, our sponsors and our Board of Trustees, both LI members and independent appointees. To all of them, I would like to offer my considerable thanks.

I would also like to offer special thanks to Alastair McCapra who served for five years as chief executive. His contribution to the LI over a period of immense financial and organisational challenge has been incalculable; we all owe him a considerable debt. I am also delighted to welcome the appointment of Phil Mulligan as our new CEO. And I want to record my thanks to our staff team who have worked with incredible enthusiasm to support and develop the work
of the Institute.

Sue Illman, PLI
A new vision for landscape architecture

Landscape professionals will need to become more flexible and more knowledgeable in order to address new challenges.

“Landscape and urban design are often the most valued by the public and yet contradictorily, the least valued in terms of fees and are frequently where the first savings are made on any given project”.

Many in the profession echo this gloomy observation from the Farrell Review. However it is made at a time when there is also acknowledgement of the need for major infrastructure projects as well as new housing; an increasing awareness of the public-health agenda following organisational changes in the NHS; a genuine recognition of the value provided by green infrastructure (evidenced most recently by Arup Foresight’s Cities Alive report), increasing understanding of designing with water as well as an evolving debate about the value of natural capital.

The Institute is in a good position to respond to these challenges. Membership has grown steadily over the last five years. Annual budgets have been producing a surplus so that reserves have been built up. The quality and quantity of policy and communication projects has risen significantly; training, events and the range of educational materials have increased and a wide range of new partnerships has been established.  There is a strong team of officers and staff.  However, cuts to public and statutory service are set to continue, which means the LI needs to be very focused on its messages if it is to get landscape on the agenda locally or nationally. 

As population grows and living standards rise globally, pressure will increase on natural resources. Climate change is placing additional strains on current systems. The shift to urban living and pressure on infrastructure is set to continue. All of this means that in the UK and internationally the landscape profession will have an ever more important role to play in helping create thriving communities that are sustainable. There will also be a greater need for landscape professionals to integrate and work alongside others from the built-environment sector. Members of the Landscape Institute will need to be both more flexible in their approach and more knowledgeable across a range of specialist topics. The Institute will need to play an increasing role both in promoting the landscape profession to specialist and lay audiences and in promoting and ensuring competence and standards within the profession.

In response to this the Landscape Institute has adopted a new vision: ‘Inspirational landscapes and liveable places are at the heart of thriving communities’. This complements our mission statement: ‘To promote the landscape profession for the benefit of society and the natural and built environment’.

The Landscape Institute does this by playing an important role in helping to protect and enhance the environment and helping to create thriving communities through the design and management of inspirational places. No other professional body brings together environmental analysis, spatial planning, site management and design. This unique mix enables members of the Landscape Institute to offer design and management solutions which are environmentally led, sustainable, and enhance the quality of human life.

Leading the profession

Digital Landscape
In December 2013 the LI website was described by the Landscape Architects’ Network (USA) as ‘a priceless resource for landscape architecture’ and rated #2 in its top 10 landscape websites worldwide. At Ecobuild 2014, @talklandscape was voted in the top 25 twitter accounts focussing on sustainability and our range of short videos is now an established and hugely popular form of communication. The careers animation made by Room 60, ‘I want to be a landscape architect’ has been viewed 129,000 times and is in use by landscape architecture departments across the world. Our video on Water Sensitive Urban Design made with CIRIA, AECOM and Arup came top in the Sustainable Water Industries Group Awards in the Communications category. At the heart of the LI website is the fast-growing Case Studies Library and Register of Practices. These taken together showcase not only the best work of the profession but also enable users to obtain the details of the people and practices behind the landscapes. Our recently expanded News and Reviews website and fortnightly Update keep our members and supporters in touch with all the most important industry developments.

The Future in Landscape
The Landscape Futures lecture series which ran from January to April 2014, aimed to stimulate debate about the future of landscape and explore the major challenges ahead that will affect how our land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens. The series was filmed and documented online. This, together with a year-long ‘conversation’ with members on the future of the profession, has provided an inspiring analysis of the way in which a profession that seeks to address both the built and the natural environment is facing the challenge of a fast-changing political and professional situation.

The first lecture at Sheffield University saw Jonathon Porritt challenge the profession to ensure that it was educating the next generation of landscape architects with the skills required to create a truly sustainable future. Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible Todmorden showed what a sustainable society could look like from a grass-roots perspective.

In Birmingham, Frazer Osment (LDA Design), Mary Parsons (Places for People) and David Birkbeck (Design for Homes) asked why we had such difficulty in building beautiful places.

In Cambridge, Alister Kratt (LDA), Selina Mason (Olympic Delivery Authority) and Tim Mould QC (Landmark Chambers) tackled the demands of big infrastructure and at the Arnolfini in Bristol, Lyndis Cole (LUC), Carys Swanwick (NT) and Naomi Oakley (Natural England) looked at how we can create functional rural landscapes, which are fit for the future.

The final two took place at the LI’s HQ in London. The first looked at the effect of the digital revolution on the urban landscape. This was addressed by Sophie Thompson (LDA), Alan Thompson (Hayes Davidson) and Rick Robinson (IBM). And in the final lecture, called ‘What does the future of landscape architecture look like?, Tom Armour (Arup) presented new research from Arup Foresight called Cities Alive, and Phil Askew (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) and Sue Illman debated the key trends shaping the future of landscape architecture.

The High Line for London Ideas Competition (October 2012)
A green infrastructure approach to redesigning London was at the heart of the High Line for London competition. Run in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Garden Museum and The Architects’ Journal, this competition received 170 entries, which triggered considerable national and international press coverage and ensured that the ideas behind making London a greener city were communicated to a huge audience. The exhibition moved to London’s City Hall, and a website,, has now been created to showcase the best projects. The competition and exhibition were complemented by a seminar on green infrastructure starring the founders of the High Line in New York.

The Royal Docks Ideas Competition
In September 2013, Ecobuild and the Landscape Institute launched a competition for ideas on how to turn the Royal Docks into a green infrastructure space for east London in which water sensitive urban design (WSUD) would inspire a liveable approach to east London.

The competition, which was backed by the Mayor of London, Newham Council, Marshalls, Building magazine and London Open City, attracted entries from all over the world and was exhibited at Ecobuild. A proposal by Bethany Gale and Sarah Tolley, landscape architects working respectively for Building Design Partnership and Levitt Bernstein, to turn Silvertown Docks into a new type of marina won the competition.
Other recent competitions have included Barrow in Furness, Wood Wharf at Canary Wharf and Public Health and Green Infrastructure in conjunction with the Garden Museum.

Jellicoe Lecture
The Jellicoe Lecture, named in honour of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, has become an established annual event. Robert Townshend, founder of Townshend Landscape Architects and designer of Brindley Place and King’s Cross Central in London, gave the lecture in November 2012.  Dominic Cole, designer of the Eden Project, spoke surrounded by his achievement in November 2013.

Landscape Institute Awards
The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession. The LI Awards aim to promote the art and science of landscape architecture; advance the knowledge and understanding of the discipline; celebrate professional expertise and reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability. Incredible Edible Todmorden’s Pam Warhurst hosted the 2012 Awards Ceremony held at Congress Centre. The Olympic Park topped the bill. The 2013 ceremony was held at the Bloomsbury Big Top on 21 November and was hosted by designer Wayne Hemingway MBE. The 2013 Awards included a new category for Adding Value through Landscape and six design categories. The College of Fellows also awarded a prize for Climate Change Adaptation.

Landscape, the Journal of the Landscape Institute and News and Reviews
The LI’s quarterly journal Landscape is edited by Ruth Slavid and published by Darkhorse Design.  It showcases the best of design, management and thinking, and addresses the key issues facing the profession, from how to win work to the latest technical advances. This is complemented by the News and Reviews website and fortnightly Update.
London Open House
The LI’s sponsorship of London Open House has led to a considerable expansion of the coverage of landscape projects and landscape guided tours in this annual event showcasing the best of the capital’s built environment. In 2013, 75 landscape projects were included in the programme. Our involvement has led to a significant number of Open House participants recognising the value of landscape. Research by Open House has shown that 63% of those surveyed said that Open House in 2013 had given them a better appreciation of the value of well-designed public space and landscape. In 2013 we hosted the first Open City Debate ‘Is London becoming a sterile city?’, a topic that moved nearly 11,000 people to
apply for tickets.

The Landscape Institute archive at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading
The LI has transferred its archive to the University of Reading’s special collections based at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). For many years the Institute has worked to build up an archive as a repository for the work of the profession and its contribution to society. The extensive archive includes the drawings and professional papers of many leading landscape architects including the urban designer Michael Brown (Redditch New Town), Sylvia Crowe (Commonwealth Institute, London and the roof garden for the Scottish Widows building in Edinburgh) and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (Atlanta History Center and JFK Memorial at Runnymede). It includes many intricate sketches and drawings by Peter Shepheard – an accomplished artist as well as landscape architect, invited by Pevsner to illustrate two books on ducks and woodland birds. The Landscape Institute has set up a friends group to support MERL in growing the Landscape Institute archive and making it accessible to all.

Capability Brown Festival
The Capability Brown Festival has received £139,200 of development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  The Landscape Institute is managing the project and led the bid on behalf of a partnership which includes the Association of Gardens Trusts, NADFAS, English Heritage, the Garden History Society, the Historic Houses Association, the National Gardens Scheme, Natural England, Parks & Gardens UK, Visit Britain, Visit England, Kolab and the National Trust. The Festival plans to bring the beauty and importance of Brown’s landscapes to a wider audience and to celebrate the legacy of one of history’s most influential landscape architects. Known as the ‘father of landscape architecture’, Brown’s surviving landscapes include the World Heritage Site at Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle (the location of the ITV series Downton Abbey), Alnwick, Chatwsorth, Syon Park and Compton Verney. 

Influencing policy and responding to government

The LI’s Policy and Communications Committee has continued to advocate on landscape issues through the development of position statements and responses to public policy consultations.
Policy consultants are now in place in each of the devolved nations. Their remit is to respond to consultations; to ensure that LI-generated policy and positions are disseminated for their audiences or repurposed to enable this to be achieved;
and, to ensure that experience in each of the devolved nations is brought to bear on all LI policy development.

Green infrastructure
Green infrastructure (GI) has been a key theme in the LI’s policy and communications since the original position statement was launched in 2009. This was followed by a shorter booklet, published in 2011, targeting local authorities and community groups in response to the English localism agenda. An updated position statement, launched at Ecobuild 2013, was issued to take account of significant planning reform in England and provided the opportunity to emphasise once again the importance of GI. This, coupled with reiteration of GI messages through our response to public policy consultations, partnerships with other organisations and integration of GI into LI competitions, has coincided with GI becoming more widely understood and accepted in both policy and guidance, for example by the Natural Capital Committee, in the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance and in practice. 

Public health
November 2013 saw the launch of a major new position statement from the LI on the subject of public health. Public health and landscape: Creating healthy places highlights landscape as a key factor in promoting good health and outlines five principles of a healthy place. Produced with input from LI members and representatives from the public health sector, the publication marks the beginning of a two-year period of activity to embed the five principles outlined in the publication in LI activity by targeting three key audiences: public health professionals; built environment professionals and policy makers.

Two new publications on housing are in preparation. The first is a marketing brochure aimed at developers. This publication will showcase housing case studies where landscape has informed the location, layout and design of development with positive outcomes. The ambition is that it will inspire anyone in the business of creating new homes and communities to take a landscape-led approach. The second is aimed primarily at local-authority planners, planning committee members and members of parish councils and neighbourhood forums. This position statement will provide up-to-date advice on how to create the right conditions for excellent landscape-led housing development.

The Landscape Institute joined with 12 other professional organisations in writing an open letter to the Prime Minister on flooding and water-management, to ask for proper long-term planning to avoid further flooding devastation in the UK.

The letter, which led to wide-spread media coverage, stated that a comprehensive range of water management techniques could have helped prevent the effect of flooding in villages, towns and over surrounding land seen recently, and it warned against dredging as a universal panacea for the problems as it may increase flooding to towns downstream. It called for proper exploration of larger catchment management issues, and of how forestry, land management and soft-engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, and work alongside a dredging programme in the lower reaches. The group called for an immediate cross-departmental conference with DECC, DEFRA, DCLG, the EA and NRW, in a similar manner to that which was convened to address the problem of ash dieback.

The letter to the Prime Minister continued the LI’s work on this theme which was initiated by Sue Illman on assuming her presidency. It forms part of her commitment to campaigning for full implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act, a proper understanding of the importance of sustainable drainage (SuDS) in towns and cities and promotion of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) as a major way of designing to make the best use of water. A number of seminars on this topic were presented at Ecobuild in 2013 and 2014. In July 2013 a short animation was launched at the student conference on water sensitive urban design.
The brief for the Royal Docks Ideas Competition specifically encouraged a WSUD approach.

The need for a commitment to liveable cities was at the heart of the LI response to the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment (July 2013). The Strategic Framework 2014–17 revises the LI’s vision to read: ‘Inspirational landscapes and liveable places are at the heart of thriving communities.’ Liveability is an increasingly useful way of communicating LI messages as it encompasses work on public health, water and housing and also addresses issues of pedestrian-friendly transport
and sustainability.

Responses to public policy consultations
Responding to public policy consultations continues to be one of the primary means of highlighting the importance of landscape in a range of different contexts. The last two years have seen responses issued to consultations on matters as diverse as: National Planning Practice Guidance (DCLG), Review of Planning Practice Guidance, Common Agricultural Policy Reform (Defra), Creative Industries Classification (DCMS), EIA Directive (DCLG) and Lyons Housing Review (Labour Party).

In Northern Ireland, responses have included Revised Draft Planning Policy Statement 15 (PPS15): Planning and Flood Risk, Rural Development Programme 2014–2020, Living Places: an urban stewardship and design guide for Northern Ireland.

In Wales responses have included: Welsh Government’s Environment Bill white paper, the first Corporate Plan of the new agency: Natural Resources Wales, and the Welsh Government’s Planning reform proposals: ‘Positive Planning’ including their draft Planning Bill.

In Scotland responses have included: Proposed Amendments to Directive 2011/92/EU (EIA Directive), Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Inquiry into the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Targets: Planning and consents, Consultation on Proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation (SEPA), Community, Empowerment and Renewal Bill Consultation, Consultation on a Policy for Architecture and Placemaking in Scotland, Procurement Reform Bill.

In addition to LI publications and responses to public policy consultations, the LI works closely with a number of allied organisations and Government departments/agencies where there are shared objectives. Examples over the past two years include:

• Design Review Principles and Practice publication, with Cabe at the Design Council, RIBA and RTPI;
• Planning for climate change: Guidance for local authorities, with the TCPA;
• Planning for a healthy environment: Good practice guidance for green infrastructure and biodiversity, with the TCPA;
• Green Infrastructure Partnership, led by Defra, since transferred to TCPA;
• contributions to Policy Exchange publications on green infrastructure;
• National Pollinator Strategy, Defra;
• National Planning Forum.

The LI is a member of the APPG on Excellence in the Built Environment which is serviced by the Construction Industry Council.

Farrell Review
Following earlier criticism from the Landscape Institute of the narrow focus and lack of appreciation of landscape, Sir Terry Farrell set up a number of consultation workshops including one on landscape and urban design. This bore fruit since landscape is mentioned broadly and significantly. So, for example, the report recommends that there should be ‘PLACE reviews of existing places like high streets, mega hospital and housing estates and of infrastructure projects’ where PLACE stands for ‘planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering’. Farrell calls for a radical reform of architectural education, which would include a common foundation year before students chose to specialise in one of the five PLACE disciplines. This, the report argues, ‘promotes joined up thinking and specialisation’.

Sue Illman welcomed the publication of the Review saying: ‘The Landscape Institute is committed to “inspiring great places” and welcomes the Farrell Review’s promotion of
a new understanding of “PLACE” bringing together planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering. This is a major step forward in recognising the need to fully integrate planning and design of the places that we create and maintain.

‘The Review acknowledges that “landscape is the primary infrastructure” and that one of the greatest failures of focusing on development control is the quality of the public realm and that there is a need to strengthen the contribution of landscape, urban design and public art in making great places. We fully support the idea that funding for landscape should be demanded from developers by local authorities.

‘Following the LI’s recent publication on public health we particularly welcome the acknowledgement of the way in which public health can be “improved by creating human-scale pedestrian friendly spaces.”

‘Landscape architecture addresses both the built and the natural environment; therefore the commitment to a new level of connectedness between Institutes and government departments, is welcomed. The flooding of the past few months illustrated the way in which different elements of the natural and built environment need to be fully coordinated and integrated in order to both tackle and prevent this type of disaster. A considered and integrated approach to how we create, plan and manage places is a highly desirable way forward.

‘The proposal to create a foundation year for all of those choosing a career in the built environment is a good way to ensure that the next generation of practitioners fully understand cross-disciplinary working and is equipped to meet the need to understand sustainability as well as design.’

Informing and educating the profession for the future

Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and masterclasses. 
Following the publication of the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment in printed and digital formats, 16 masterclasses were held across the UK, run by Mary O’Connor, Professor Carys Swanwick and Andy Williams. The events were extremely successful – many had long waiting lists and requests for further classes are continuing to be received. Feedback showed that 94% of attendees found the event useful or very useful. Attendees clearly appreciated being able to spend a day with the book’s authors. Feedback on the content and presenters was overall extremely positive, and also provided useful suggestions on making sure attendees get the most out of the day at future events. Feedback on the new edition of the guidance was also generally positive, with over two thirds indicating that they felt it to be an improvement on the second edition. The clarity of writing, structure and presentation received particular praise, and the move away from prescriptive guidance to professional judgement was welcomed.

Building Information Modelling
The publisher Taylor and Francis, which published GLVIA3, has agreed to publish a new book on BIM for landscape. There are currently no books in the market on this specific topic, and the book will be a major addition to the LI’s range of BIM advice, which also includes a programme of BIM masterclasses. BIM for Landscape, due for publication in summer 2015, will be written by members of the LI BIM Working Group, both landscape architects and specialists in other areas, bringing together a wide range of expertise. The masterclass content is being finalised, following feedback from a useful ‘dry run’, and the programme is planned to start later in the year with a series of events around the UK. 

Pathway to Chartership
2012: In May examiners saw 89 candidates
with an overall pass rate of 72%. In November examiners saw 81 candidates with an overall pass rate of 78%.

2013: In May examiners saw 49 candidates  with an overall pass rate of 76%. In November examiners saw 61 candidates with an overall pass rate of 74%.

Fast track Pathway to Chartership pilot
The LI has wanted to find a way to support mid- and late-career landscape professionals with an interest in becoming Chartered. We recognise that personal career achievements can make an effective contribution in gaining Chartered status. We have developed an approach that supports these candidates working towards Chartership through a structured fast track programme of learning and development. Working with Natural England we have identified a number of employees interested in progressing to Chartership via this route, the first of whom will sit the exam in May 2014.

Olympic Learning Legacy videos
We continue to explore different approaches to providing members with CPD opportunities. Affordability and delivery are important factors when considering options. We recognise the difficulties and challenges members experience when taking time out of the working day to attend CPD.

Videos are an attractive medium that can support learning and understanding. We offer a range of videos via our website that can add a dynamic element to any presentation members may develop as part of their work. Videos play an increasingly important role in careers promotion.

JCLI new editions and Scottish version
New editions of the three JCLI contracts were published in June 2012 following changes in the law. A new set of documents enabling JCLI 2012 contracts to be used in accordance with Scottish law was published in 2013, filling a significant gap in our landscape contract documentation provision. A new JCLI form of contract for domestic landscape works was also published in 2013.

Landscape Consultant’s Appointment
The LI’s standard form for appointing a landscape professional was merged with our work stages document and guidance on fees to form a new Landscape Consultant’s Appointment, published in April 2013. Available to members as a free download, the documentation includes a new range of scopes of services templates reflecting the diverse range of work undertaken by today’s practitioners. The new documentation brings the LI standard form into line with the RIBA work stages used across built environment industries, and the new modular online format enables updates to be incorporated quickly when required.

The LI is committed to support the continuing development of both individual members and the wider profession through CPD. Our CPD days continue to prove popular, and we carefully select and plan events across the country. CPD days have been held in: Sheffield, 28 March 2012 / Bristol, 20 June 2012 / Glasgow, 10 October 2012 / London, 10 January 2013 / Manchester, 18 April 2013 / Newcastle, 25 June 2013 / Cornwall (Eden Project) 8 November 2013 / Birmingham 3 February 2014.

LI devolved nations and English branches work hard to support members with their CPD. Designed by landscape professionals for landscape professionals, these events make an invaluable contribution to our CPD offer to membership.

Revised syllabus
2013 saw the introduction of a revised exam syllabus designed to better reflect practice whilst safeguarding standards.

The last examinations using the old (pre Elements & Areas) syllabus were held in November 2013. From May 2014 all candidates will be following the new, broader and more flexible syllabus.

Investing in our relationship with accredited schools
LI-accredited courses play a critical role in ensuring that a healthy number of graduates enter the job market. We need employable graduates who are able to build on their qualifications, adapt to the demands of the workplace, and progress towards Chartership. The LI’s Professional Review Groups (PRGs) play a crucial role supporting accredited courses, acting as a critical friend to enhance the employability of graduates.

They use the collective experience of group members to advise schools on current landscape practice, and report back to the LI on key indicators in accordance with accreditation criteria. PRGs also advise the LI on developments within universities and, where necessary, call universities to account on areas that require improvement. PRGs consist of Chartered LI members who offer their time to support this vital area of work.

Careers projectreviewing our approach to promoting careers in landscape and responding to the challenges facing higher education
The higher-education sector has become a market, and is facing unprecedented challenges. Many smaller, specialist courses that feed into a wide range of professions and career choices are under threat. Sadly landscape architecture subjects are facing similar challenges, with some courses facing closure.

The LI is to revisit its careers information, building on the success of the ‘I Want To Be A Landscape Architect’ campaign. We will prioritise the promotion of LI-accredited courses and the career options open to graduates.

Building relationships with heads of schools
SCHOLA, the Standing Conference of Heads of Landscape Architecture, is a key partner for the LI in safeguarding the future of the profession. We will continue to develop this relationship to promote discussion and debate, build stronger links between academia and practice, and work to future-proof the education of landscape subjects.
The Landscape Institute is a volunteer-led organisation. All of our committees, the working groups and the advisory panels that support them are run by volunteers. Their time, energy and insight is vital to all that we do.

Members of Advisory Council

– From 1 July 2013
Kathryn Bailey CMLI  
Penny Beckett CMLI  
Michelle Bolger CMLI Until 03/02/2014
Daniel Bowles, Student  
Clare Brockhurst FLI Until 23/11/2013
Adrian Clarke CMLI  
Annie Coombs FLI  
Candida Diamond CMLI  
Timothy Dyer CMLI  
Stephen Fancourt CMLI  
Noel Farrer FLI  
Carolin Gohler CMLI  
Robert Holden CMLI  
Susan Illman CMLI, PLI  
Amanda McDermott
Clare Michael CMLI From 03/02/2014
Jonathan Miley CMLI  
Colin Moore CMLI  
Alan Nowell CMLI
From 13/02/2014
Ian Phillips CMLI  
Sarah Reece-Mills CMLI  
Katharine Schofield CMLI  
John Stuart-Murray FLI  
Claire Symons CMLI  
Jane Thomas CMLI  
Helen Tranter CMLI  
David Watkiss CMLI  
Julia Watts FLI  
Adrian Wikeley CMLI  

– 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013
Lindsey Abbott      
Nick Allin CMLI Until 10/10/2012
Penny Beckett CMLI  
Rachel Bodiam CMLI Until 10/10/2012
Clare Brockhurst FLI Until 23/11/2013
Helen Brown CMLI Until 19/12/2012
Krishanthi Carfrae CMLI  
Brian Clouston PPLI, FLI, OBE    Candida Diamond CMLI  
Susan Illman CMLI, PLI  
Merrick Denton-Thompson FLI, OBE    Christopher Frost FLI
Martin Hird CMLI  
Peter Hutchinson CMLI  
Edward Hutchison CMLI  
Susan Illman CMLI, PLI  
Ian Lanchbury CMLI  
Kirstie Mawhinney CMLI  
Amanda McDermott
Colin Moore CMLI  
Gethin Owens CMLI  
Ian Phillips CMLI  
Emily Smyth CMLI  
James Spence-Watson CMLI Until 04/07/2012
Claire Symons CMLI  
Rachel Tennant FLI  
Jane Thomas CMLI  
Helen Tranter CMLI  
Sally Visick CMLI
Jo Watkins CMLI, PPLI  
Adrian Wikeley CMLI  

– Board of Trustees
Penny Beckett CMLI From 01/07/2011
Michelle Bolger CMLI From 31/01/2014
Robert Branson FLI From 28/11/2012
Brian Clouston PPLI, FLI, OBE Until 30/06/2013
Merrick Denton-Thompson FLI, OBE From 18/07/2013
Anthony Edwards FLI Until 28/11/2012
Noel Farrer FLI From 25/08/2009
Elizabeth Ford FLI Until 09/11/2012
Deborah Fowler From 16/11/2009
Susan Illman CMLI, PLI From 04/06/2010
Dominic McVey Until 16/11/2013
Michael Owen From 16/11/2009
Ian Phillips CMLI From 01/07/2013
Irene Shaw FLI Until 01/10/2013
Phyllis Starkey From 23/11/2013
Helen Tranter CMLI From 01/09/2011
Mark Turnbull FLI From 08/01/2013
Jo Watkins CMLI, PPLI Until 30/06/2013

– Technical and Professional Services Committee
Mark Turnbull FLI (Chair)
Colin Moore CMLI (Vice-chair)
Bill Blackledge CMLI
Elaine Cresswell CMLI
Anna Dekker CMLI
Karl Jones CMLI
Roger Kent FLI
Romy Rawlings CMLI
Jon Rooney CMLI
Christine Tudor CMLI
Marc van Grieken FLI

– Heritage and Archive Working Group
Penny Beckett CMLI (Chair)   
Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI   
Ralph Cobham FLI
Tony Edwards FLI   
Edward Hutchison CMLI   
Lindsey Abbott

– College of Fellows committee
Paj Valley FLI (Chair)   
Annie Coombs FLI   
Nick Harrison FLI
Tony Edwards FLI   
Bill Cairns FLI  
Neil Williamson FLI, PPLI

– Education and Membership Committee
Michelle Bolger CMLI (Chair)
Avra Ploumi-Archer CMLI
Christine House CMLI
Clare Michael CMLI
John Stuart-Murray FLI
Lindsey Wilkinson FLI
Natalie Murray CMLI
Nicholas Harrison FLI
Emily Smyth CMLI
Sophie Parker-Loftus
Stephen Plumb CMLI
Vanessa Ross CMLI

– Member Panel
Mary McHugh CMLI
Nigel Thorne FLI
Nick Harrison FLI

– Accreditation Sub Committee
Catherine Neve CMLI
Christine House CMLI
Jennifer Exley CMLI
Steve Plumb CMLI

– Policy and Communications Committee
Merrick Denton-Thompson FLI (Chair)
Kate Bailey CMLI
Annie Coombs FLI
Richard Copas CMLI
Sue Evans FLI, MBE
Noel Farrer FLI
Ian Houlston CMLI
Val Kirby FLI
Ian Phillips CMLI
Richard Sumner CMLI
Tim Waterman

– Awards Committee
David Withycombe CMLI (Chair)
Rob Beswick CMLI
Nicola Cox CMLI
Anne Evans CMLI
Paj Valley FLI
Jo Watkins CMLI, PPLI

– Editorial Advisory Panel
Tim Waterman (Honorary Editor
and Chair)
Eleanor Trenfield CMLI
Edwin Knighton CMLI
Amanda McDermott
John Stuart Murray FLI
Ian Thompson CMLI
Jo Watkins CMLI, PPLI
Jenifer White CMLI
Jill White CMLI

Many Landscape Institute events and activities would not take place without the support of our sponsors, many of whom have been partners with us for many years.

– Landscape Institute Awards
McParland Finn
Aggregate Industries
Brett Landscape
English Heritage
Ground Control

– Landscape Futures Lecture Series

– Royal Docks Ideas Competition

– CPD Days
Wildflower Turf

Co-author IEMA
English Heritage
Natural Resources Wales (formerly Countryside Council for Wales)
Scottish Natural Heritage

The President’s Review 2014 is published as an offprint of the summer edition of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.

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Posted by Mustafa Artar - July 17th, 2014
Thanks a lot for all things you have done for the profession Sue. As you have stated as I landscape architect and a guest at LI for one year, I need to say that nobody can deny the enormous effort of Alastair McCapra for the profession. Thanks a lot. Best wishes. 17th July 2014- Bartin- Turkey

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