What was your first role in the industry?
My first job was working at Guymer Bailey Architects in 2002 as a 3rd year Landscape Architecture Student.
Good design is always underpinned by a strong concept because it adds depth and meaning to the project. This is how we capture the hearts and minds of the user and foster a true connection between people and place.
There is increasing scientific research and data that demonstrates how Salutogenic Design of outdoor environments and connection to nature can have therapeutic benefits and positive outcomes for human happiness, health and well-being. This is exciting because it allows us to communicate, the quantifiable terms, one very important way that good design is so valuable and can directly benefit individuals and community.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our mental and physical health is only just becoming clear. Public spaces and landscapes are now being treasured more than ever as safe spaces in which to reconnect with community, and to meet friends and family in safe environments. Hopefully this leads to a re-prioritisation and investment in landscape design across both the public and private sector.