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.

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