Landscape Institute to profile rising stars on new look careers website

The Landscape Institute has launched a new initiative showcasing rising stars within the profession on its Be A Landscape Architect careers website.

The new ‘Landscape Showcase’ series will allow the Landscape Institute to identify and celebrate students and those recently qualified involved in exciting projects or competitions.

Speaking about the new initiative Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute said:

“There is a huge amount of talent coming up the ranks and this is a great way to highlight the rising stars of the future as well as inspiring those thinking about a career in landscape architecture.”

Be A Landscape Architect is the Landscape Institute’s new look careers website. It acts as an information resource for school leavers, undergraduates, post-graduates and career changers thinking about becoming landscape architects. As well as providing details of how to study in the UK and abroad it includes inspirational content about working in the profession. Visit www.bealandscapearchitect.com to find out more.

Bethany Williams and Stuart Towner, have been selected as the first ‘Landscape Showcase’ profiles to appear on the careers website. The pair won Gold and Best in Show at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show for their ‘Green Seam’ show garden. Approached by Hadlow College (where the pair both studied for a BA in Garden Design) to design a show garden to celebrate and promote the regeneration of Betteshanger Colliery in East Kent they came up with a garden inspired by the colliery landscape. Plants found growing on the spoil heaps, shale and coal slag were all used in the garden.

Speaking about the design Stuart Towner said:

“Beth and I were approached by the Hadlow Group to produce a show garden that reflected the concept of coalmining and regeneration. We came up with a garden that captured both sides of this tale. Half the garden is an interpretation of the colliery landscape, a diverse landscape with wild planting, while the other half is a regenerated garden, both divided by a large coal face. The shale that forms the spoil heap is from the Betteshanger area and so too is the coal slag which is used for the wall. The regenerated garden side has a heavy industrial feel; a lift cage which represents the miners and their decent into the mine which is actually a scale replica of a mine lift. The steel ribs echo the pit head, and metal decking further reinforces this industrial feel. The Hadlow group want to keep the past alive and we have reflected this in our design.”

The Landscape Institute plans for ‘Landscape Showcase’ to be an on-going feature on the Be A Landscape Architect website. Next month the winning team behind Theatrum Mundi’s Designing the Urban Commons ideas competition will be featured.