Honorary editor of Landscape Journal and chair of the Editorial Advisory Board Tim Waterman shares his vision for the publication

Tim Waterman
Tim Waterman, the Honary Editor of Landscape

It is with pride and pleasure that I step into the role of honorary editor for Landscape, The Journal of the Landscape Institute. In this capacity I will serve as Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board, which has a number of dynamic new members as well as retaining many of the wise and steady voices that have served in past years. I will work closely with George Bull, the new editor for Landscape, who brings freshness and enthusiasm to his post as well as considerable skill. I will also, of course, maintain constant contact with the staff at the LI, in particular those working in Policy and Communications.

Landscape has undergone a number of changes recently. Two of these particularly add great strength and clarity to the editorial policy and direction. These are: that the Journal is now quarterly, and is intended to carry in-depth content that people will want to keep for the future – a ‘keeper’; and that our online Landscape News & Events now carries more time-sensitive material such as news and bulletins, and holds an ever-expanding resource including the Case Studies Library and the Knowledge Base. These changes reflect the type of utility and legibility that I will promote in the Institute’s future publications.

Honorary positions are perhaps most often awarded to sage and senior members of an organization, but I am a younger member at mid-career. As such, I will not see this position as one in which I have been invited to wear laurels and sun myself. Rather, what both the magazine and the profession need at this uncertain time is leadership that is outspoken and activist. I will use the post of honorary editor as a platform to promote the vital work that landscape architects do and to increase the understanding of our profession – and, indeed, of the meaning of landscape in general. What we need right now is not just a call to action. I will both call and act.

Tim Waterman


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