Research project

The overall objective of the project is to uncover theoretical issues and international influences in the field of landscape architecture during the post-war modernist period with a special focus on the spread of ideas between Scotland, England and the United States of America. The post-war era brought major changes in landscape architecture, and these shifts associated with socio-economic and technological development resulted in new types of projects for the profession. It was a time when “official adoption of landscape architects to work on new towns, highways, industrial sites, reservoirs, university campuses and power stations” occurred. This project aims to shed light on the transatlantic links between landscape professionals in this crucial period of time.

Project Details


Luca Csepely-Knorr, Amber Roberts


Museum of English Rural Life, Landscape Institute Scotland, The Landscape Archive

Research Outputs

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'The Lost Glory of the Royal Northern College of Music Roof Garden', The Modernist, 24/Gone.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. ''To broaden the outlook of training' - The first landscape course in Manchester, UK', Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe, 16/9/2019 - 17/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Female landscape architects and the independent Landscape Institute', Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political, LSE Library, 6/9/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Landscapes of coal as 'third nature'', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester, 14/2/2019 - 16/2/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2019. 'Towards a 'total environment' for children. Michael Brown's landscapes for play', LANDSCAPE OF PLAY: DESIGN FOR CHILDREN'S PLAY, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 16/3/2019 - 16/3/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. ''Power and the countryside': Power Stations, Amenity and Rural Britain', MODERNISM, MODERNISATION AND THE RURAL LANDSCAPE, Tartu, 11/6/2018 - 13/6/2018, in

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice, Architecture and Landscape', Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 7/6/2017 - 11/6/2017.

Project Staff

Professor Richard Brook
Professor Richard Brook Professor of Architecture & Urbanism View profile
Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr
Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr Reader in Architecture View profile