Tim Waterman

Landscape Studies, Food Studies, Utopian Studies

About me


I live in London and I am Associate Professor of Landscape Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. I am Chair of the Landscape Research Group (LRG) and a Non Executive Director at the arts organisation Furtherfield. Until recently I was also Vice President of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). 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 published three edited collections for Routledge: Landscape Citizenships, co-edited with Jane Wolff and Ed Wall (2021), Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays, with Ed Wall (2017) and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food with Josh Zeunert (2018). A collection of my essays and journalism, The Landscape of Utopia: Writings on Everyday Life, Taste, Democracy, and Design is also out from Routledge in February 2022.

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 (The Vox Coffeehouse in Moscow, Idaho) 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.

Follow me on Twitter @tim_waterman

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Dear Tim,

    Your essay “Decant” led me to your page, and I am very glad that it did. Fine wine is found here all over the place!

    It’s like a breath of fresh air to read intelligent and sensitive commentary about the effect of the, to paraphrase you, “de facto right to profit” which is destroying Mother Nature and us along with her.
    Thank you.

    (As a fashion historian focusing on Japonism and its effect on the costuming of David Bowie–I graduated from University of the Arts London/London College of Fashion’s Master’s programme–the rock ‘n roll is an inspiration for me, too. Brit-ish is the best, from Bowie and Joy Division to Radiohead. But all hail Nirvana.)

    Keep up the good work, Tim.



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