I live in London and I am Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. I am Chair of the Landscape Research Group (LRG), Vice President of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), and I am also a Non Executive Director at the arts organisation Furtherfield. I may be found, from time to time, in the pages of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), The Architects’ Journal, and Garden Design Journal, among others. I am the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture, which is now in its second edition from Bloomsbury and, with Ed Wall, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design. These have been translated into seven languages. I have just published two edited collections for Routledge: Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays, with Ed Wall (2017) and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food with Josh Zeunert (2018). I am at work on the next collection of essays gathered, at least partially, from the Landscape Citizenships symposium, due out late 2020/early 2021.
My research addresses imaginaries: moral, political, ecological, radical, and utopian. This forms the basis for explorations of power and democracy and their shaping of public space and public life; taste, etiquette, belief and ritual; and foodways in community and civic life and landscape.
I am a former restaurateur and classical and rock musician (Nirvana opened for my band in their early years) and because of that background I aim for a future that is both a little bit tasty and a little bit rock and roll. Our cities, countryside, suburbs, and wilderness need great landscape architecture and landscape thinking to accomplish this. I can still often be found on a stage with a microphone, but nowadays I’m talking instead of singing.
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