I’m a landscape architect with a passion for design. I think creating beautiful spaces and enhancing existing landscapes through innovative and focused ideas allow landscapes not only to function, but to provide stimulating and positive contributions to people’s lives.
I’ve been involved in a fantastic array of international projects at many different scales, working with a changing palette of plants and materials from day to day. This experience has helped me understand how culture influences design. You definitely need to do your research when designing for different climates and environments.
As humans, on this wonderful planet, we have built some truly dreadful environments to live in. It’s nice to see a shift in priorities when it comes to designing new towns, we need to start with the needs of people first, not vehicles.
I love walking along the Regent’s Canal in East London. You can walk for miles all the way from Angel to the Olympic Park, and then there is a whole other network of canals leading back to the Limehouse Basin. There’s some cool cafés and bars, some people even open up their narrow boats and sell tea and cake. It has a real buzz at the weekend.
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, I was overwhelmed and inspired by it when I visited in 2013. It’s such a colourful and playful design with so many elements of delight. It sets a precedent for botanical gardens in the future. It looks especially magical at night with a cocktail from the top of Marina Bay Sands.