Ian Houlston


01865 887 050

I am an associate at LDA Design and have been with the practice since 2001, having previously worked at English Heritage and at an international environmental consultancy.

I currently lead our Strategic Landscape Planning and Contextual Planning and Assessment services, drawing on expertise in landscape character assessment, green infrastructure planning, historic environments, protected landscapes and landscape and visual impact assessment.  I have worked on several ground-breaking and award winning projects in these specialist areas.

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

I am a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute and Institute for Archaeologists and sit on the Policy Committee and Advisory Council of the Landscape Institute.  I am regularly asked to 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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