I live in London and I am a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. 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 an organiser for the upcoming symposium Landscape Citizenships, to be held 16 November 2018 at Conway Hall in London.
My research interests are wide-ranging. I am interested in how people form imaginative understandings of urban cultural landscapes in everyday life. This forms the basis for other 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 twice 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 need great landscape architecture 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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