Ian Houlston


01865 887 050

I am an associate at LDA Design and have been with the practice since 2001. I lead LDA’s environmental planning service, drawing on expertise in landscape character assessment, green infrastructure planning, historic environments, protected landscapes and LVIA. I have worked on ground-breaking and award-winning projects in these specialist areas.

I typically work on large, complex projects in sensitive rural environments, where an integrated approach to assessment, planning and design are needed. Rigorous approach to assessment, creativity and the ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of stakeholders are key to success.  Collaboration with co-consultants is also critical and I am always keen to engage with other disciplines to understand interactions between social, environmental and economic drivers.

I am a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and a Chartered member of the Institute for Archaeologists. I sit on the Policy Committee and Advisory Council of the Landscape Institute. I regularly speak at conferences and events and have had several articles published in professional journals.

Free time is spent reading, gardening and walking in the Cotswolds or the Shropshire Hills.


My favourite landscape is …

The Shropshire Hills where they mark the ancient boundary between Wales and England. It is an ancient and magical landscape.

As a landscape architect and archaeologist, my heroes are ...

Michael Wood, archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and the poet John Clare. They have all highlighted aspects of the landscape and helped to unlock its secrets.

I’ve never really understood why …

Starlings don’t crash into each other.

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