I have been with LDA Design an extraordinary 36 years – from the first garret studio to eight offices today. My professional passion is urban landscape architecture and I have been lucky enough to have worked on a wonderful array of projects : addressing the challenges of residential and mixed use high-density development, redefining streets and public squares, new park design as well as the regeneration of existing rundown green space.
Some highlights have included the London 2012 Olympic Park, the four major new parks built in London over the last 15 years, and the regeneration of Gorky Park, Moscow.
For me place-making starts with the people who will use the landscape I am designing in consideration of their needs. So I identify the life of the place that I want to achieve and then design and characterise the space – context, form and texture, large and small scale, connection, the importance of nature, craft.
When I am not working… I love seeing the countryside from my bicycle, I row with a great passion that doesn’t reflect that I have never won a race (yet!) and I have recently rediscovered the joy of gardening.
A study of the transition of the blues music scene in Chicago in the 1980s called 'Waiting for Buddy Guy' by Alan Harper. I am interested in the music, but mainly I read it because Alan is a friend and I appear in it briefly.
At the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games when I realised the enormity of the endeavour that we had contributed to.