Max Barnes

Senior Consultant

01392 260 430

I started life as an artist. In 2005, I began an apprenticeship with artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier where I became their assistant and studio manager. Over my 11 years at Phaophanit Oboussier Studio I helped realise in excess of 10 large-scale installation projects within the public realm. From this work, I began developing an overarching interest in landscape architecture and the holistic creation of public space.

After graduating with an MA in Landscape Architecture in 2016,  I became involved in designing the world’s first ‘Landscraper’ – the roof of the new Google HQ in London. Since joining the Exeter office, I have had the good fortune to work on some great projects, including: the West End Projects; Stratford Waterfront and Stratford Walk, Better Places – Plymouth and Liveable Exeter.

From time spent working with communities and developing public engagement projects, I have come to favour a site-specific approach that fully engages with a location’s culture, community and ecology. This process allows ideas to develop and an authentic reading of a place.


I love the view from ...

I love the view from my desk at work. I can see the river running into Exeter, it reminds me how close we are to the sea.

As a Landscape Architect, who has inspired you?

I'm inspired by many others in the industry, although I think my core inspiration comes from the disciplines and cultures that surround the landscape industry, the ones that ‘rub up’ against it.

My favourite walk ...

My favourite walk is the descent from Pen y Fan to Corn Du and south to Cwm Llwch on a hot summer evening in the Brecon Beacons.

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