Tag: landscape architecture

Cambridge award ceremony

A selection of references from previous clients and colleagues, and certificates from academic institutions etc.

HK Uni lectures 01

The Head of Hong Kong University’s Landscape Architecture department requested I join the staff in a part-time role as Assistant Professor.

Students generously voted me best lecturer for the planting design module which I taught to both year groups of the two year MLA course over 26 months.

A mixture of lectures (two series of six lectures), workshops, design reviews, model making and examinations increased the students breadth and detailed knowledge of plant physiolgy, evolution, application in design, growth behaviour and management.

The lectures also covered the history of landscape design in Europe, the Middle East and Far East with case studies based on my own sites and previous projects.

 

Lagoons District 8 lighthouse beacon

lagoon01aerMy first mega-project, The Lagoons masterplan covered 540 hectares of mixed use. The international design competition was won by Urbis Hong Kong Limited and I joined the company as Senior Landscape Architect and Project Manager.

Within a few months I had relocated to Dubai to set up the company’s Dubai branch office and was later joined by a growing professional team of designers and project managers.

Adjacent to the site lies the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary; an artificially enhanced, semi-natural habitat; home to migratory flamingos and other Arabian wildlife.

I had the privilege of compiling flora and target fauna species lists, designing geophysical modelling for ecological function, recommending endemic plant species for conservation and writing a working paper with Mr. Sandy Duggie on the unique procurement strategy to be followed.

Our working papers and recommendations were accepted by the developer, Sama Dubai, the Dubai Municipality (Environmental Department), RAMSAR, WWT consultants and endorsed by a UNESCO scientist.

The project had progressed from concept design to tender, with quay walls constructed on the site creating artificial islands that were intended to be flooded with waters from the Dubai Creek… until the recession arrived, resulting in the project being placed on hold.

I sincerely hope that one day this project is fully implemented. The ecological improvements to the reserve’s buffer zone, and introduction of endemic plant species to the commercially available palette for the Gulf coast has potential to greatly enhance the ecological function of the area whilst preserving biodiversity.

The working papers I authored recommended artificial coral reef creation, the creation of Islamic art inspired salt sculptures which would utilise and neuralise the hyper saline impounded Gulf waters, and the creation of a living soil by harvesting and growing various fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plants, reducing their stress and increasing water and nutrient absorption.

darling harbour model 2

Sydney Harbour possesses some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and Sydney-siders are understandably proud and protective of their heritage. The team proposal for Darling Harbour was as much a planning and land use exercise as it was about landscape beautification.

As well as working on the submission, I had the pleasure of being asked to hand deliver to the competition organisers in Sydney, a metre square model which was made in China. However, just as I had cleared passport control at Sydney International Airport, to my horror, I saw the luggage handler push it along a conveyor belt and watched aghast as it fell to the floor! Needless to say, I spent that evening in the hotel room with a lot of glue and a lot of patience. The model was nonetheless delivered on time.

helen panel 2

Whilst living in Athens, I was approached by Bobotis Architects to create the landscape component of their submission for the old airport site.

The team came fifth in the international competition (out of over 100 entries) with the landscape scheme proposing habitat enhancement of endemic garigue, maquis and sclerophyllic vegetation communities.

Wroclaw plac grunwaldski

Whilst based in Warsaw I worked on several landscape enhancement schemes for a private practise architect (www.modernstudio.pl modernstudio) involved with the improvement of Wroclaw City Council’s housing stock.

The landscape proposals, though low budget, and restrained by several peculiar bye-laws were vast improvements on the derelict, denuded, filthy, drug paraphernalia littered ‘gardens’ and over-spill parking areas’ that existed.

Construction for the first project commenced in the autumn of 2012, and the landscaping scheme was partially implemented in 2015.

Creekfront 00 watercolour

creekfront mlp03
In 2007 Urbis HK Ltd. joined the Creekfront Project Dubai, and were commissioned to develop the landscape proposals for the southern shore of the Creek, an area of approximately 40 hectares, from the proposed Ferry Terminal to Al Seef Park, encompassing Bastakia (heritage and cultural district), the Ruler’s Court Promenade, mooring for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s yacht, and side streets adjacent to the Spice and Gold Soukhs.

Concept designs and design development were approved and a model constructed shortly before the project was placed on hold due to the global economic crisis.

I worked as Senior Project Manager and Senior Landscape Architect on this project, proposing hardscape, sculptural and planting solutions that referenced Bedouin and Emirati culture, as well as the maritime tradition of the Arabian Peninsula.