Like many others, I was a late convert to landscape architecture. Whilst living and working in Barcelona, I looked on as the city was transformed in the build-up to the Olympics of 1992. Much of the transformation was through the appropriation of spaces for people. The extraordinary energy and confidence of the city at that time expressed itself in the design of squares, parks, boulevards and incidental spaces, which dramatically changed the environment, quality of life and image of the city. This inspired me and led me into the profession which I eventually discovered was behind much of this work. Since then, I have never looked back, coming to Manchester to study at MMU in 1994 and subsequently working in a diverse range of local practices for more than a decade, before joining the MSA in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer.
Academic and professional qualifications
BA (Hons) Politics, University of York, 1985
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997
BLA Manchester Metropolitan University, 1999
Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), 2002-2012
Academic Member of the Landscape Institute (AMLI), 2012-2020
Associate and Landscape Team Leader, Broadway Malyan, Manchester, 2003-2011
Landscape Architect and Senior Landscape Architect, Scott Wilson, Manchester, 1999-2003
Landscape Assistant, Gillespies, Manchester, 1997-1998
Founding Partner and Head of Studies, Idiomes Supernova, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain, 1989-1994
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Barcelona, Various Institutions, 1987-1989
I was instrumental in the planning, design and delivery of the Master of Landscape Architecture which replaced the previous MA in the subject in 2016. I am still closely involved in its teaching and closer integration within the school of architecture .
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I have been involved in supervising three PhD's, most recently Dr Joanne Phillips work on the impacts of HS2 on the landscape and community of Manchester's periphery. I am currently on the supervisory team for Sarah Walker on Creative Engagement in Urban Greenspace.
External examiner roles
BA Landscape Architecture, Kingston University, 2012-16
MA Landscape Architecture, University of Gloucester, 2013-2018
BA Landscape Architecture, Leeds Beckett University, 2015-2019