Public Practice is looking for practitioners in the built environment who are interested in paid placements in the public sector, starting in April 2020

Members of the second Public Practice cohort. © Timothy Chase

Public Practice is looking for its next cohort of associates – expert practitioners who take up paid placements in local authorities who are taking bold steps to bring built environment expertise back in-house.

Over a quarter of London boroughs have no in-house landscape expertise, according to recent research. Local authority planning and development budgets have been cut by 55% over the last decade, and landscape architecture has been one of the hardest-hit disciplines.

Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission for proactive planning, which they fulfil by placing built environment experts in 12-month paid placements in local government. The skills they are looking for include:

  • planning
  • transport and infrastructure
  • housing delivery
  • surveying
  • architecture
  • landscape architecture
  • urban design
  • placemaking
  • large-scale masterplanning
  • strategic developments
  • project management
  • community engagement
  • sustainability

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November. Find out more about the programme and how to apply at

Keep an eye out for more information about Public Practice in the next edition of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.


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