Dawn Purves


01733 310471

I am a chartered landscape architect with more than 20 years’ experience of working on complex,  regeneration masterplans, mixed-use residential developments, private gardens and small-scale urban interventions. I like to design low-impact sustainable places that promote better quality of life and resilience, and encourage social interaction.

I’ve worked on a number of projects in and around Cambridge, including the award-winning North West Cambridge. Earlier masterplanning and sustainable community development work includes Cheeseman’s Green and East Stour Village in Ashford; Kingsbrook new settlement in Aylesbury – a multi-million pound garden city extension; and St Botolph’s Quarter public realm strategy and masterplan in Colchester. Most recently, I have been working on inner-city brownfield restoration projects, looking at ways of converting listed building complexes so that they provide sustainable 21st century residential living.


As a landscape urbanist, I was inspired by …

Jane Jacobs, whose seminal book 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' inspired me to relook at urban planning, focusing on the rich diversity of urban life, and the role communities play in regeneration.

What is your secret superpower (at work)?

I develop my proposals initially with a pencil on paper, allowing freedom of expression unconstrained by computer software.

I never really understand why …

There are so many different types of coffee. However, I keep tasting them all in the pursuit of the perfect cup!

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