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How did you get into landscape architecture?

I heard about landscape architecture when I was studying for my Geography degree and the combination of creative and technical skills appealed to me. I got a training post at the GLC and studied for a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture. I worked in the public and private sector until I decided to set up my own practice and we’ve grown from there.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

As the Managing Director I’m ultimately responsible for all the work we do as well as managing the team and marketing the practice. I’m still involved in project work and run projects, often with an emphasis on education and public realm work. In the wider landscape architecture world I chair the Landscape Institute’s Professional Review Group which is responsible for monitoring standards for courses leading to accreditation as Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI). I also work closely with Writtle College, giving guest lectures and introducing students to the work we do.

What is your favourite designed landscape?

Barbara Hepworth’s garden in St Ives is a very skilful and sculptural use of the space. You can really imagine yourself spending a lot of time there; it just feels comfortable.

What is your favourite natural landscape?

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland – a stunningly beautiful region of tranquillity and remoteness.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Meeting all the people we work with and helping them to realise their projects. I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction too from helping to train our new landscape architects.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

Crab Tree Fields in Camden was the first project that I designed and took on site back in 1987. It’s a pocket park created by transforming a car park into an open space and the design is still working today. At the other end of the scale, Pier Hill in Southend-on-Sea was rewarding because we transformed a difficult site to bring about a real change to the town.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?

I trained in tax and worked in the City of London dealing with the tax affairs of insurance companies, but I have a degree in Natural Science and have always been interested in biology and the outdoors so the opportunity to join Wynne-Williams Associates to run the financial and legal side of the business was an appealing combination.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

I’m responsible for finances, company administration, office management – making sure everything is in place for the practice to run smoothly. I’m also qualified in arboriculture so I carry out tree surveys as part of our landscape projects or as a stand-alone service.

What is your favourite designed landscape?

The Olympic Park is very successful. It finds room for a lot of planting to co-exist with a high volume of people. It’s modern too – it isn’t just theme park Britain. I do like cityscapes; Seville is a favourite.

What is your favourite natural landscape?

The Scottish Highlands and Islands – it’s the juxtaposition of air, earth and water.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

There’s a really positive atmosphere from the designers and the work they’re doing so the working environment is great. It’s a positive and informal place to get the work done in. I like getting involved in the consultation aspects of public realm work, that’s very satisfying.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

We did a project at Elm Village in Camden that was a good example of consultation on public realm work. It’s a 1980s housing estate between the Grand Union Canal and King’s Cross and it was great to be involved in bringing out the collective energy of the residents to improve their environment. Then there was a tree survey I carried out on a Victorian estate in Chelmsford that had gone semi-wild. I was finding 100+ year-old trees there and it felt like I was discovering a hidden place.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?

I was originally a civil engineer but moved towards landscaping after taking a Rural Resource Management course at agricultural college. I worked as a Landscape Assistant for the Groundwork Trust before taking a post-graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

As one of the Directors I front projects – attend client meetings, produce outline designs and oversee detail design. Everyone in the practice is experienced in the full range of landscape projects, but I do tend to work on education and sport related projects.

What is your favourite designed landscape?

I like formal landscapes. Favourites would be Sissinghurst, a classic English garden, Het Loo in Holland, and Vaux-le-Vicomte in France is staggering.

What is your favourite natural landscape?

I think the places you like come from a mixture of aesthetics and memories and because of that, I’d choose the coastal landscape around the Rivers Stour and Deben in Suffolk, the Yorkshire Dales, and the valleys to the south of Dartmoor – generally softer landscapes.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Making a difference – it might sound like a cliché, but it’s a great feeling to travel around the areas where we work and see the positive impact we’ve made for the people who use and enjoy the landscapes we’ve created.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

Pier Hill was one of the first projects I worked on with Wynne-Williams Associates. It was a large scale regeneration project in Southend-on-Sea. The project was very complicated due to the considerable level change across the site so it was satisfying to make it work, and the outcome was impressive. Again, making a difference.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?

A keen interest in the environment led me to take a degree in geography, which coupled with my love of art took me in to landscape architecture. My first job was in Liverpool where I worked on the Garden Festival and Albert Dock restoration projects.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

I’m a director and lead arboriculturist, managing 3 team members within the company. I get involved in a wide variety of projects, leading on much of our university sector work and many of our community-focussed work which involves public consultation.

What is your favourite designed landscape?

I’ve been much inspired by the landscape of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which combines hard detailing so effectively with seemingly natural soft landscape elements. It speaks of a landscape that was carefully planned and designed to last.

What is your favourite natural landscape?

The beaches of west Pembrokeshire and the Burren in Ireland.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Diversity – no day is ever the same

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

The Building Schools for the Future project Pioneer School provided me with the opportunity and time frame to be creative and to combine garden design skills within a larger landscape project.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
I enrolled at Writtle College Studying Landscape and Garden Design with the intention to focus on Garden Design. As the course progressed, the focus shifted from small scale gardens into larger landscape schemes, with our final design dissertation focusing on a large scale development. This led me to focus on landscape design and apply for a position at Wynne Williams Associates.
What are your main responsibilities in the team?
I’m an Associate of the company and I have lead responsibility for my own projects as well as managing any graduate assistance that I need to complete my schemes successfully.
What is your favourite designed landscape?
City Hall in London is impressive. It has been designed to cope with a large pedestrian footfall, and the planting that has been incorporated into the scheme works well, with good use of mature tree species that help to bring down the scale of the surrounding buildings.
What is your favourite natural landscape?
A particular favourite place is Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales which is beautiful, especially in winter, and that’s added to by the memories I have of going there since a child.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being able to use artistic flair to create designs and see them develop, evolve and come to life. There’s a sense of achievement when you see your design constructed on site and how people use and interact with it.
What is a memorable project you have worked on?
The development of St Giles’ churchyard in Camden was interesting. A lot of thought and consultation went into the project, although the majority of the design work is subtle as it was a heritage project and required careful consideration. Through that we created a landscape that has drawn a lot more people to it, and eradicated anti-social behaviour that was once present within the site.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
I studied Environmental Sciences at university but unenthused by the career opportunities that offered I decided to study for an MA in Landscape Architecture. The balance between creative and analytical work appealed to me and it maintains my interest in how people relate to their environment.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

I work closely with project leaders throughout large projects, and take the lead on smaller jobs. This can include a variety of tasks from client engagement and team meetings, to drawing work and analytical report writing.

What is your favourite designed landscape?
There are some old mechanical workshop buildings that have been used to create a park in Barcelona called Parc del Clot. The arches of the workshop structures form intimate courtyards and large water features, and different levels of the park are connected with bridges. What I like most is that it is well-used as a neighbourhood park because of the sports facilities it offers.

What is your favourite natural landscape?
I love the Pembrokeshire Coast, especially for walking and birdwatching.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s always interesting because of the variety of work we do, and whether it’s drawings or site visits or report writing I always feel that what we’re doing is valuable.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

The St. Mary’s Senior School project was particularly satisfying because I was involved in every aspect and saw the project through from feasibility study to construction and completion. Being the project lead, we were able to work closely with the client and were also responsible for coordinating the team.

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How did you get into Landscape Architecture?
After completing a National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture, I spent several years working in the garden construction industry. This inspired me to return to college to study for a degree in Landscape Architecture. I was offered a job at Wynne-Williams Associates when I graduated and went on to complete a part time MA in Landscape Architecture while working there.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?
In design terms I take the lead on some projects and support on others, especially during the on-site phase. I am also the BIM Manager for the practice: I’ve got particular responsibility for ensuring the company is compliant with BIM and CAD standards. That means keeping up to date with developments and systems to make sure we’re in a position to take on Government-procured projects and other work requiring BIM. I also help with training new recruits on these subjects.

What is your favourite designed landscape?
I especially like designs that have a heritage or wayfinding element to them. Cromer Pier has some interesting work with a nice use of an inlaid dial to link the sea back to the town. Another favourite is an excellent wayfinding scheme in Glasgow that uses a series of innovative plaques to guide people around the history of the city.

What is your favourite natural landscape?
There are some fantastic vistas and views as you walk along the Jurassic coastline in Devon and that’s always a favourite holiday spot. The evening sunsets as you pass from the Lowlands to the Highlands of Scotland take some beating too.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Although we are an expanding practice, we still work at a personal level with our clients providing both conceptual and technical skills for all stages of the design process. That close involvement with both the client and the design process makes for more satisfying and, I think, better quality work.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?
School projects are always rewarding, especially when sensory play is involved. I’ve also had the chance to work on large scale community play projects within London that I’ve enjoyed. I was particularly pleased with. Florence Hayes Adventure Park.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
I’ve really enjoyed my journey to landscape. I did a BA in Theatre Design and freelanced for dance, theatre and film projects in a variety of venues and spaces. After that I worked for a bespoke lighting designer creating and installing domestic and commercial pieces internationally. From that I went to work as a play architect for a leading play company during a government initiative to support more holistic and natural play spaces. It was during this time I realised I was doing similar work to landscape architects and the field related well to my design background so I decided to return as a mature student to study for an MA.
What are your main responsibilities in the team?
I support the Directors with a wide range of tasks on various projects but my experience of play schemes means I often get involved in those where there is a play strategy.
What is your favourite designed landscape?
Herculaneum in Italy is a fabulous man made landscape that is 2000 years old. Like Pompeii, it is a whole city that was buried by the eruption from Mount Vesuvius, you can see the design of the incredible pavements, kerbs and roads – practical landscaping that we still use today – as well as beautiful mosaic floors. I like Machu Picchu too. I am a fan of urban design and ancient cities are fascinating.
What is your favourite natural landscape?
I spent a year in New Zealand which has amazingly diverse landscapes but Orakai Korako really stood out. It’s one of the oldest untouched places, a volcanic area of hot springs and geysers with acidic coloured terraces, bubbling lakes and steaming vortexes. It’s like a film of another planet – photos can’t do it justice.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety – even within a project. One day you can be drawing, designing and rendering a plan and really enjoying that artistic side, but then you have the technical aspect of how to make things work practically. Creating places that people occupy is always satisfying.
What is a memorable project you have worked on?
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens has been really satisfying: the scale of it, being connected to the community that will benefit from the work, the layers of the project, the subtlety of the Victorian gardens, the Heritage Lottery Fund bid. It’s been a great challenge.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?

I’ve always had a keen interest in gardening and love for design from a young age. I studied for a Diploma in Horticulture at Writtle College, then moved on to the Landscape Architecture degree and have now completed a Masters. I’m currently progressing on the pathway to chartership.

What are your main responsibilities in the team?

I get involved in the full range of work at Wynne-Williams, assisting project leaders in developing drawings and producing reports. This allows me to gain great experience in different aspects of Landscape Architecture.

What is your favourite designed landscape?
When I was younger I worked as a gardener at the RHS Garden at Wisley and I grew attached to their gardens.

What is your favourite natural landscape?

I would say the picturesque landscapes designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, although man made, they were designed to look natural and have always appealed to me.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The team of people at Wynne-Williams make working here an enjoyable experience, it’s a lovely team to be a part of. The range of work and opportunities I get here are good too – I enjoy every aspect of my work.

What is a memorable project you have worked on?

Ivydale Primary School is the project I’m most proud of as I was consistently involved from conceptual design to completion on site. It was a great learning experience for me and rewarding to see a scheme implemented. Attending meetings and working closely with the client and professionals from other disciplines was exciting.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
Having studied Geography at undergraduate level, I have always had an interest in the way that people use space. I originally became a Geography teacher and worked both in the UK and abroad. Although teaching was very rewarding, I didn’t feel like it was a career for life. After a lot of research, I found landscape architecture and it seemed like the perfect fit.
What are your main responsibilities in the team?
I assist with producing drawings and reports for a variety of projects. This gives me great exposure to lots of different aspects of landscape architecture.
What is your favourite designed landscape?
I have very fond memories of Crystal Palace Park in South London. I’ve spent countless hours enjoying the variety of quirky spaces and open views within the park. However, I’m sure there are still hidden corners that I have not yet explored.
What is your favourite natural landscape?
Milford Sound in New Zealand left a lasting impression on me. The scale and natural beauty of the fjord is breath-taking.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety of the project work is very interesting. I really enjoy getting to know the unique features of each individual site.
What is a memorable project you have worked on?
I have particularly enjoyed working on the Oak View SEN School project. Seeing the scheme develop from the very early stages through to technical design has been rewarding. Gaining a better understanding of how the staff and students will eventually use the space has been an interesting process. I look forward to seeing the finished product after construction.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
Growing up and spending my free time at skateparks and on golf courses, I started to admire the importance of meticulous design and maintenance involved. Since then my fascination has expanded into the landscapes we use every day. Having had the opportunity to study Landscape at the University of Sheffield, this has made me excited to see my ideas and designs come to life.
What are your main responsibilities in the team?
I work mainly assisting members of the team on a variety of projects allowing me to gain a full range of experience within Landscape Architecture.
What is your favourite designed landscape?
Central Park in New York always amazes me. The sheer scale of the green space is incredible considering the location right in the heart of the city.
What is your favourite natural landscape?
Ever since living in Canada, the Canadian Rockies will always be special to me. The dramatic rock formations and vast views are just unbeatable, especially when you consider the time taken for it to change.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s so refreshing to have such a variety of work all the time. The nature of the work allows every day to be different with an exciting mixture of site visits, being out in the landscape and working as part of the team in the office.
What is a memorable project you have worked on?
The Faversham Recreation Ground stands out for me. It was the first project I was able to be a part of, throughout the design process and following forward to the implementation.

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How did you get into landscape architecture?
Originally my training was as a research psychologist. A change of career path in my mid-forties led me into administration in construction and architecture. Having a love of the natural world, the position at Wynne Williams really appealed.
What are your main responsibilities in the team?
Primarily it is to support the directors and staff. I do a lot of work on the accounts side dealing with purchasing, invoicing and payroll. But my role is very varied: one minute I might be preparing invoices and reconciling the purchase ledger, the next I might be applying for health and safety cards or assisting in tenders and bids.
What is your favourite designed landscape?
I’m fond of the University of Essex grounds because I know them well and have seen how they have changed over a period of time. As the university has grown the landscape has evolved but it’s remained a pleasant place to wander. I think it’s a good example of how a designed space must address the needs of its users as well as be aesthetically pleasing.
What is your favourite natural landscape?
I love the Yorkshire Dales and especially Swaledale. The sweeping contours of the rolling hills are very dramatic and are a great backdrop for a driving holiday.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
With my background in statistics, I like working on the company accounts. But I love learning anything new and there are plenty of opportunities to do that at Wynne-Williams.
What is a memorable project you have worked on?
Having lived in Norfolk for 6 years I know Hunstanton well, so the work we’ve been doing there has been particularly interesting for me. It has given me a greater insight into what the designers are trying to achieve and I’m looking forward to seeing the work progress.