Ross Schaffer

Consultant

020 7467 1470

I decided to pursue a career in landscape architecture because of my love of art and design, as well as a passion for the natural world and its careful stewardship. After my BA, I joined LDA Design in 2018 and then re-joined after completing my master’s in Landscape Architecture at Greenwich University.

Since joining LDA, I’ve been involved in projects on a range of scales, both in the UK and internationally. I like to respond to spaces in dynamic, playful ways to create positive places where people feel they belong.

I am a Libra, apparently that means I strive for balance. I translate this to work hard, play hard! I love an adventure. In the winter of 2019, I set out on the trip of a lifetime, travelling for seven months, across four continents and nine countries; starting in Japan and finishing in Kenya. I experienced some amazing places from the Zen gardens of Japan to the beautiful rainforests of Bali. It changed my life and the way I approach landscape architecture.

Q&A


My favourite green space is ...

It’s a hard one, probably my back garden. Growing up I spent loads of time in the garden playing football and cricket, smashing doors and windows! And then later, I discovered a love for horticulture here. Experimenting with a veg patch and a small flower bed ignited my passion for all things green.

My favourite walk ...

I am lucky enough to have Epping Forest at the top of my road. I usually run though it once a week, but during lockdown it became my woodland oasis. Seeing the forest transform though the seasons is amazing, and I feel fortunate that it is so close.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve ever seen in a public space?

Definitely has to be the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. On mass, thousands of people cross the road and you have to weave in and out of the oncoming pedestrians. To top it all off, the sky is bursting with colour from the hundreds of screens mounted on the buildings. It's a fantastic assault on your senses!

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