Lynn Kinnear 1960 – 2024
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Born in Edinburgh and educated at Heriot Watt University, Lynn worked at a number of large practices, including SOM and Gillespies, before setting up KLA in 1991. Early projects such as the Helling Street Play area in Wapping, with its colourful mounds and bright blue walls marked her out as an important talent and caught the eye of leading architects, who saw in her a potential collaborator whose ambition and commitment to ground-breaking work matched their own. This resulted in several important collaborations with, amongst others, Caruso St John and the artist, Richard Wentworth at Walsall ..read more
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LI celebrates International Women’s Day
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Carolin Göhler FLI, Landscape Architect and Horticulturist, Acting President/President Elect Landscape Institute. “Nature inspires me but also my dad, who designed and built little buildings, drainage and ponds himself, his desk covered with rulers, compass, special paper and coloured pencils. Also, my ambitious mother with books and tenacity – both were ever encouraging. “Inspirational still now are my former fellow apprentices (90% women) including horticultural entrepreneur and designer Gertrude Jekyll, innovative horticulturalist Beth Chatto, local practicing landscape mentor Liz Lake and ..read more
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Major built environment institutes renew joint pledge to tackle global instability as cities boom  
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Members of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG), a group first launched in 2016 comprising the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Landscape Institute (LI), have committed to work together for at least another 5 years.    In a Memorandum of Understanding, the group, having established an international reputation as leading authorities in the built environment, agreed to continue to make their joint expertise ..read more
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Natural England seeks LI member contributions to Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) Guidance Update  
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2M ago
The Landscape Institute is pleased to encourage members to contribute to Natural England’s update of its ‘Approach to Landscape Character Assessment’ (2014) document. This consultation will give you the opportunity to shape an important document that guides the evaluation of landscape and can help influence the planning, management, and protection of our environment. The aim of the update is to ensure that the document is fit for purpose and that Landscape Character Assessments (LCAs) provide sound evidence for managing change and strategic thinking about our future landscapes. Now is a time ..read more
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In memory of Mark Steele CMLI – Obituary by John Micklethwaite-Howe
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3M ago
Mark had a long and varied career, working in the UK and overseas, in the public sector and private practice yet always with the same constant, forensic attention to detail. After graduating from Leeds in 1979 Mark started his career at the Telford Development Corporation before returning to Leeds for his Post Graduate Diploma in 1981. He then joined the private practice of Woolerton Truscott in Kendal the same year. Mark loved the Lake District and his time there heightened his appreciation for the outdoors, trekking for miles to take in a particular view or to simply bask in the beauty of th ..read more
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The Landscape Institute appoints new permanent Chief Executive, Robert Hughes
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4M ago
Robert first joined the LI as Commercial Director and then served over the past seven months as Acting CEO. He has developed a positive and progressive agenda focused on people, membership and systems, instilling a culture of collaborative working and putting our members, volunteers and staff at the heart of decision-making. His enthusiastic approach, strong financial mindset, and two-way engagement are already making a significant difference.  With a clear direction to modernise the organisation, his strong and consistent leadership has led to the establishment of frameworks to stabilise ..read more
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Letter to Environment Secretary
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4M ago
The EPF network strives to promote environmental sustainability and resilience for the public benefit. During the most crucial era for the environment, the government is implementing the mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) legislation with ambitious legally binding environmental targets and national commitment to reach net zero by 2050. However, more needs to be done to implement effective delivery of these commitments. To ensure the UK can meet its environmental targets, the letter asked the government to focus on the following priorities: 1. Invest in green skills to achieve long-term env ..read more
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30th Landscape Institute Awards celebrates positive impact of landscape professions
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5M ago
  The LI Awards is an annual celebration of people, place and nature, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them. Held this year on 3rd November, it was the Awards’ 30th anniversary, a tribute to the longevity of their impact and success.    Taking home the prestigious President’s Award, presented by President-Elect of the Landscape Institute, Carolin Göhler, was ‘Challenging Public Health Inequalities Across Bradford District’, a wide-ranging scheme by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.  The project, which also won the ‘Excellence in Public Heal ..read more
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Justin Rowlatt hosts Landscape Institute Awards 2023
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6M ago
This year we’re very excited to be joined at the LI Awards by Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s first-ever climate editor. Justin reports from the frontline of our changing world, documenting how global warming is reshaping ecosystems and economies.  You’ll have seen him on the TV news, you’ll have heard him on the radio and you will even have read his articles online. Justin also presents television and radio documentaries.  His latest programmes for BBC1 explored “What You Really Need to Know” about switching to electric vehicles and heat pumps. On radio, he has been investigatin ..read more
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Joanna Patton, (1981 – 2023)
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6M ago
Jo was an inspiration to all who knew or worked with her – a woman of good judgement, a genuine role model, a joyful spirit and a friend to many. Even as an undergraduate at Edinburgh College of Art Jo knew her own mind and behind her relaxed easy nature there was a steely determination and a strong work ethic. Traits that would serve her well. In a career that involved working in the US and across the UK, Jo demonstrated an extraordinary mastery of our profession from strategic thinking, professional judgement in assessment through to sensitive design and delivery – she was an unusually gifte ..read more
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