Tim Waterman

Landscape Studies, Food Studies, Utopian Studies

About me


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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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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