I joined LDA Design as a Director in 2013 to lead the new Glasgow office. I have worked in private practice since 2002 as a chartered landscape architect, including managing teams in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. I have worked on a wide range of public realm and masterplanning projects in the UK and in China, Russia and the Middle East.
Since opening the Glasgow studio, I have worked on exciting projects which are on the doorstep: the Sighthill Transformation Regeneration Masterplan, a mixed use development providing 800 homes close to the city centre; and a unique project in which we creating a vision for the future of the Central Scotland Green Network.
Outside of work I enjoy yoga, meditation, spinning, running, walking, going to see live comedy, gigs and theatre.
I worked on the design of a new park and tourist destination in X’ian China, the Famen Zen Meditation Park, which used concepts based on traditional Chinese Buddhist, Feng Shui and Ying Yang philosophies. It’s always important to draw upon culture and locality to embed a sense of place within new development, but this was particularly inspiring as I have an interest in Buddhism and meditation.
The narcissism epidemic: living in the age of entitlement, by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell.
The tall, umbrella like structures which Alsop Architects designed for the river front district of Clarke Quay in Singapore, for shading and passive cooling.