We are sad to announce the death last year of Michael Ivory, former Senior Lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Courses at Cheltenham. He was appointed in 1976 to what was then the School of Landscape Architecture in the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, based at the Pittville campus in Cheltenham.
With his RTPI and LI qualifications, Mike’s contribution to the course was to be mainly in large-scale landscape planning projects, but over the years his input expanded to developing links with courses and landscapes abroad, aided by his love of languages and travel.
Indeed, his first degree was in modern languages at Lincoln College, Oxford, and his placement year was teaching in Lessing-Gymnasium, Bochum, Germany. Mike’s familiarity with many European tongues was invaluable in the organisation and running of the foreign field study tours, mostly to Germany in the early years, and subsequently to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and Hungary.
Following his MA at Oxford and before taking a post-graduate diploma in landscape architecture at Newcastle University, Mike worked as planning assistant, then planning officer at Hertfordshire County Council and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. He worked for a year as planning consultant in the Office Cantonale de l’Urbanisme, Lausanne, Switzerland, then for three years as landscape architect in East Sussex County Planning Department.
Moving to the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1972 to lecture in the Department of Town Planning, Mike drew on his practical experience for that post, and it was from here that he was appointed to the Cheltenham Landscape Courses.
From his breadth of knowledge and appreciation of planning and now some teaching experience, Mike was able to develop courses at Cheltenham in landscape history and contextual studies, as well as studio instruction. As third year tutor he steered several generations of students through the often turbulent waters of the final year, usually setting up and running two of the major projects in that year and providing additional pastoral support throughout the dissertation. Students will have found in him the mixture of stimulating insight and calm responsiveness so valuable in a tutor.
Taking a one-year sabbatical in Montreal, Mike taught (in French) in the School of Landscape Architecture in the Universite de Montreal and helped further the exchange visits of their students to Britain.
Mike took early retirement from the Cheltenham courses in 1991. Though he continued with some teaching commitments at Birmingham City University, he devoted most of his time to travel guide and topographical writing. Notable among these are the National Geographic guidebooks to Canada and Germany, and the Michelin Green guide to Ireland. He researched these countries passionately, visiting often, travelling by train (another passion) and, working with Martin Randall Travel, was often employed directing cultural tours to places such as Prague and Budapest.
Left to right: Dr Wei Yang, Adam White PLI, new Vice-President Carolin Göhler FLI, new President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, new Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI
LI President Adam White was thrilled to see such a high turnout in this year’s elections. 988 ballots were returned in total (19.2%) – the highest since 2011.
‘The LI’s efforts these past 2 years have centred around collaboration, engagement and inclusive growth,’ Adam said. ‘We’re thrilled to see so many members responding to this positive message and taking the opportunity to have a direct say in how their Institute is run.
‘It’s also great to see a diverse list of candidates, with different disciplines, ethnic and regional backgrounds represented. We’re particularly delighted that so many leading women in the landscape profession stood for election.
‘Two thirds of this year’s candidates were women – including 3 out of 4 of our presidential candidates – and each of the directly elected Officer roles on the Board went to female candidates.
‘Our research has found an increasing wage gap in the landscape profession as men and women progress to senior levels. Helping more female members into leadership roles is a huge priority in our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, and it’s really fantastic that so many women will be taking on key leadership roles from July.’
Adam will continue to work with the new Board and Council as President until July 2020, and then until July 2021 in the role of Immediate Past President.
‘I’d like to offer my congratulations to Jane and the rest of the successful candidates,’ he said. ‘I look forward to working with you all during what I am sure will be a hugely successful and exciting 2 years!’
The Landscape Institute has joined other leading bodies to support a shared view of how the government must put sustainability at the heart of the UK’s economic model.
Working with business, environment, academic and professional groups, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has published Assurances for an Environment Act – a document that outlines how the government’s Environment Bill should create a coherent, long-term framework for the environment.
The document outlines the key elements needed for an ambitious new Environment Act that provides the basis for private and public sector investment in environmental improvement. It forms part of the IEMA’s Broadway Initiative, which aims to generate ideas for world-leading environmental management after the UK’s departure from the EU.
‘A new environmental constitution’
IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor Martin Baxter said that the document outlines ‘the key requirements needed … to establish a framework for environmental governance for the UK – in effect a new environmental constitution.’
‘It is vital that the UK sets long-term objectives for protecting and improving the environment as we leave the EU,’ he said. ‘The Environment Act is a one-off chance to create a coherent framework … [that enables] all parts of society to plan, invest and collaborate to substantially improve the environment on which we and future generations depend.’
Broadway Convenor Ed Lockhart said: ‘… to improve our environment in any fundemental way we need a legal framework that respects the long-term nature of environmental challenges and their solutions, and enables businesses to factor the environment into their plans and investments from the earliest stage. The Environment Bill is the moment to make sure that happens.’
The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission has opened a call for evidence from practitioners in the natural and built environments.
Established earlier this year by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG), the Commission aims to explore the role of beauty in the built environment in England and to ‘increase the use of high-quality design’ in residential schemes.
The Commission has had a troubled start. Its original chair, Sir Roger Scruton, was sacked after making antisemitic and Islamophobic comments. The Housing Minister has been engaged in an ongoing argument about the basic premise of the Commission with architects, many of whom are pointedly ignoring it.
Now the Commission, under its new interim Chair Nicholas Boys-Smith of Create Streets, has called for evidence of best practice in building new homes and communities.
The Landscape Institute works to demonstrate to the government the importance of good design, and of the role that landscape professionals play in helping to achieve it. We are currently compiling a selection of best practice case studies to share with the Commission.
If you have a good example of a recent scheme where the design has been of a high standard, and which you would like us to share with the Commission, please email email@example.com.
To respond to the Commission’s survey yourself, click here. (Closing date 31 May 2019.)
On 16 May, the UK Government published its first progress review of the 25 Year Environment Plan.
Launched in January 2018, the Plan outlines how the government aims to achieve several environmental outcomines, among them restoring and safeguarding wildlife habitats, improving air and water quality, and curbing plastic waste.
The Landscape Institute Awards 2019 will open for entries at 9am on Thursday 30 May.
Among the landscape industry’s highest accolades, the LI Awards celebrate the value of landscape in connecting people, place and nature.
2019 is the Landscape Institute’s 90th anniversary. And in a year all about celebrating the transformational power of landscape, #LIAwards2019 aims to be our boldest, most innovative and most inclusive Awards to date.
A Grade II-listed Art Deco building close to the heart of London, our new venue is the perfect upgrade for our biggest and best ceremony yet.
In keeping with our #LI90 celebrations of inclusivity and transformation, we will be announcing two new open categories this year – one of which will be completely free to enter!
Exciting new opportunities
We want to make it easier than ever for firms and professionals to get involved with the LI Awards. We’ll have plenty of new sponsorship packages, as well as opportunities for leading practitioners from within and without the sector to join our panel of expert judges.
Watch this space
We hope you will join us this year in recognising the outstanding achievements of landscape designers, managers, planners, researchers and more around the world! Check back next Thursday at 9am at awards.landscapeinstitute.org.
The Landscape Institute (LI) formed in 1929 ago at what is now the RHS Chelsea flower show. For nine decades, the organisation has adapted to and supported its members through often seismic environmental, social and economic changes.
Fittingly, LI will be returning to RHS Chelsea on Friday 24 May to mark this important milestone. Landscape leaders past and present will join with partners and collaborators from across the built and natural environment. The LI will also welcome senior members from the Norwegian Landscape Association, who share the LI’s landmark 90th anniversary.
The event will take place on Main Avenue in the RHS Back to Nature Garden. Co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with landscape architects Andrèe Davies and Adam White PLI, garden aims to connect communities with nature and promote the health benefits of spending time outdoors.
‘During its lifetime the LI has seen many changes in the world,’ Adam said. ‘Each decade has seen great social change, from the aftermath of the First World War, the creation of the first council housing and the growth of the suburbs to the creation of the welfare state, new towns, the impact of major planning legislation and the growing awareness of climate change.
‘That’s why it’s important we look back at the previous nine decades. Many of these changes have affected not only how we live our lives, how we work, where we go to school and how we stay healthy, but also on the way we design, plan and manage our landscapes.
‘But while it’s important for us to look back and celebrate the great strides we have made, we need to remember that we live in challenging times. We’re facing rapid change to our natural environment, increased urbanisation and the mounting pressures of living in the heart of a modern city. That’s why LI90 will also be about looking to the future, and examining how in particular our profession can help meet the needs of our changing world.’
LI Chief Executive Dan Cook said: ‘This is one of a series of #LI90 events being held in locations including Bristol, Edinburgh, Oslo and Leicester.
‘We have invited leaders from inside and outside the profession to explore today’s issues and look at new efforts to reconnect with nature. We will be inviting debate and new ideas for this profession, our Institute and our partners to take forward. We have taken a deliberate step to hold this special event over a weekend to better encourage young people and families to participate.’
Local Government News has named international landscape consultancy firm terra firma as the overall winner in the Urban Green Space category of the relaunched Street Design Awards.
The firm received the accolade for their work on the Muslim War Cemetery Peace Garden in Woking, Surrey, on behalf of Woking Borough Council and Horsell Common Preservation Society.
Founded in 1917, Woking’s Muslim Burial Ground commemorates the three million Indian service personnel who fought alongside the Allied troops during the First and Second World Wars. Renovation of the site took place between 2012-15, with terra firma responsible for designing the new memorial garden.
The Street Design Awards celebrate best practice in street design schemes completed by, or on behalf of, UK local authorities. In December 2018 the organiser, Local Government News magazine, announced the relaunch of the Awards for 2019. The Landscape Institute sponsored the Urban Green Space category.
There are 5 categories in total, which between them attracted over 100 entries. They are:
Urban Green Space
Full details of all the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards will be published in the June issue of Local Government News.
Voting for the Landscape Institute (LI) Advisory Council and Board of Trustees elections 2019 is now open.
This year, LI members will cast their votes to fill 11 positions:
7 Ordinary Advisory Council Members (Chartered)
1 Ordinary Advisory Council Member (Student)
All LI members will receive an email directing them to the LI elections website, where they can access candidate statements, videos, and links to vote for the positions they are eligible to elect. (If you have not received your email, please contact Mi-Voice support: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)2380 763987.)
About the Landscape Institute elections
Every two years, the LI elects a new generation of officers and Council members to help our organisation deliver for people, place and nature.
The elections are a crucial opportunity for LI members to have a direct say in how their Institute is run. Board and Council members contribute to business planning, help set the LI’s strategic priorities, and decide on the direction of travel for the whole profession.
For more information about the voting process, the positions available, eligibility to vote, the work of the Board and Council and more, visit the LI elections FAQ.