In his last ever webinar as LI President, Adam White PPLI FLI welcomed 23 of the sector’s leaders and innovators into the Landscape Institute College of Fellows. Meet our newest FLI members and read their thoughts on this fantastic achievement.
Fellowship of the Landscape Institute is the highest form of Chartered Membership, awarded to our foremost innovators, leaders and ambassadors. Fellowship recognises the top experts in Landscape, as well as those who have made a special contribution to the development and promotion of the profession.
In his last ever webinar as LI President, Adam White FLI PPLI welcomed and congratulated our 23 newest Fellows.
‘Our strategy at the LI commits to broadening the profession, making us a home for all who practice in the landscape sector. Over the past few years we’ve been actively seeking accomplished industry leaders and experts with significant experience to join our profession. Their diverse skills span urban design, garden design, horticulture, landscape construction, education, landscape science, parks management, landscape policy and regulation, as well as our largest fields of practice: landscape architecture and landscape planning.’
Adam White PPLI FLI, Immediate Past President of the Landscape Institute
In the days following the announcement, the LI caught up with our new Invited Fellows to hear their thoughts on this exciting news.
Professor Brian Evans
‘”Now you can no longer deny your true calling!” – an email from Fritz Steiner, Dean of Penn Design, when my Fellowship was announced. It matters greatly to me to be welcomed into the landscape profession. It’s like coming home.’
Brian Mark Evans PhD FRTPI FLI FCSD FAcSS FRGS AoU
Brian is Professor of Urbanism and Landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art and is Glasgow’s first City Urbanist. An advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, from 1990-2015 he was a partner with Gillespies LLP, where he helped to shape the disciplines of landscape planning and urban design and pioneered ecological urbanism. He is a founding Director and Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, London. Brian led the team that re-designed the St. Andrew Square Gardens in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, winning the Landscape Institute President’s Award in 2009 and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition the same year.
As an expert Urban Designer, and a disciple of the ecological principles of fellow Scot, Ian McHarg, Brian will play an important role developing the link between the planning and landscape professions. He has already been collaborating with the LI in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow.
‘I am delighted to join such a distinguished group of LI members as a Fellow. I look forward to collaborating across the industry in my focus areas of sustainability and land/health. We can achieve much together!’
Marian Boswall FLI
A board member of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), Marian has been a major high-profile contributor to the wider landscape sector. Her practice, Marian Boswall Landscape Architects, is a leading design practice with a reputation for creating beautiful places, often in historic or sensitive settings.
Marian is an accomplished designer, and her commitment to addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis be welcome as we move forward to implement our action plan.
‘Being made a Fellow of the Landscape Institute is a huge honour. I am immensely proud and grateful for this recognition by the Landscape Institute. I have spent my career promoting professionalism and raising standards across all sectors of the landscape industry, and I now look forward to continuing this mission as an FLI.’
Mark Gregory FLI
An expert in landscape design, construction and implementation, Mark is a twenty-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner at and has won numerous industry awards for projects in London and the South East. His energy, experience and dynamic approach to his work have earned him a reputation for innovation and technical expertise within the landscaping community.
As well as being the founder and managing director of Landform Consultants, Mark is incredibly active in the landscaping and horticultural industries. He is a former board member of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and has recently been appointed as a Director of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). Mark is a regular RHS Judge and Assessor, and a former member of the Chelsea Gardens Panel.
‘At 13 I had focussed on the idea of becoming a landscape architect. To say that I’m thrilled at becoming a Fellow of the Landscape Institute is the understatement of the last half century.’
Andrew Wilson FLI
Andrew is a partner at Wilson McWilliam Studio, and has made a significant contribution to education as a founder of the London College of Garden Design. An award-winning garden and public realm designer, lecturer and writer, he creates exciting and atmospheric gardens and landscapes that combine quality and fine detail with elegant planting design. Based in London and Surrey, Andrew designs both nationally and internationally.
He continues as a director of the London College of Garden Design, lecturing widely in the UK and overseas, and judges show gardens for the RHS.
‘I’m so excited to be a new “FLI”! It’s a real vindication of my own mission to take every opportunity to promote the case for creative, innovative and transformational planting, and I hope that being a Fellow will enable me to make the case even more strongly, and to support and encourage others to do so.’
Nigel Dunnett FLI
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting and Design and Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture. His work combines and integrates his background and experience in both horticulture and ecology, and focusses generally at the smaller scale: in gardens, urban parks, and on and around buildings and in high-density developments. Nigel’s current teaching comprises planting design, landscape ecology, and ecological design and management.
He is a strong believer in partnerships. As well as a designer in his own right, and a consultant to a wide range of schemes, Nigel is a regular contributor to garden and horticulture magazines, and speaks widely at international horticultural conferences.
‘The professions that work together to create gardens and landscapes need to be unified in their efforts to promote a better appreciation of said landscapes and their makers. As a garden designer, now ‘long-in-the tooth’, am honoured to have been invited to join the Fellows of the LI; I look forward to close collaboration and a unified effort to introduce more people to our professions.’
Juliet Sargeant MRCP FSGD FLI
Juliet is a garden designer. In 2016, her anti-slavery garden was the first show garden by a female black gardener to be exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, where it won a gold medal.
Born in Tanzania, Juliet studied garden design at Capel Manor College and Middlesex University. She now runs a garden design consultancy in Brighton, while also writing books such as New Naturalism and lecturing at places such as the KLC School of Design.
Juliet is an active member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and was their vice-chair in 2012. Her background investigating the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be a tremendous asset to the LI in the future.
‘I am delighted that the Landscape Institute is taking the initiative to become the lead organisation in our diverse industry, broadening its remit so as to embrace the varied skills and knowledge of myself and others within its membership and, being stronger, address the huge opportunity that the present and future holds.’
Andrew Halksworth FLI, FRSA
Andrew owns Tendercare Nurseries. He studied at the Architecture School at UCL, specialising in Landscape Architecture and Town Planning, followed by a Masters in Landscape Ecology.
Andrew then worked for many years in development and construction on projects and their environmental impact in sensitive locations. He is one of the country’s foremost designers of tropical plant installations and water features, having been MD of Paul Temple Ltd/Associates and Design Consultant to Water Techniques during the 1980s and 90s era of large atria and shopping mall development in UK.
Andrew’s focus on plant health and biosecurity will be a helpful addition to the profession, as will his understanding of the interface between external and internal environments. He is also a keen supporter of apprenticeships and education to encourage future generations to Choose Landscape.
‘I trained as a planner, but since joining LUC almost 30 years ago I’ve been privileged to work on an incredibly wide range of landscape projects – from Cornwall to Shetland, and Cumbria to the Suffolk Coast. Much of my work has focused on the interface between landscape and planning, and I hope my Fellowship of the LI will help me bring the two professions together as we respond to the challenges ahead.’
Nick James BA (Hons) MPhil MRTPI FLI
A Glasgow-based chartered town planner, Nick has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy and research relating to green infrastructure, access and recreation, landscape, community regeneration and the historic environment.
Nick has led a series of ground-breaking green infrastructure projects in areas such as settlement expansion, wind energy development, forestry, climate change and perceptions of landscape change. His work on the historic environment includes the definition of buffer zones to protect Hadrian’s Wall, Stonehenge and the Antonine Wall World Heritage Zones. He led the award-winning Carse of Stirling Ecosystems Approach demonstration project, which pioneered a new, stakeholder-based way of thinking about how land is managed. Nick led a 2015 survey of marine recreation for Marine Scotland, providing new insights into the importance and value of Scottish coasts and seas.
‘It is an incredible honour to have this recognition for twenty five years’ work in design and horticulture. I shall use this Fellowship to continue to promote the vital role that outside space, both private and public, both wild and tamed, can play in everybody’s life, and the fact that everyone is entitled to access a place outside – just as the natural world is entitled to everyone’s help to preserve it.’
Jo Thompson FLI
Listed by House and Garden magazine as one of the country’s top ten garden designers, Jo has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as the 2017 People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. She is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel, and is Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor.
Jo lectures both nationally and internationally, and also tutors at The London College of Garden Design. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). Current projects include The Wedgwood Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, the design of a new public garden at RHS Rosemoor and most recently a series of restoration garden projects originally designed by Humphry Repton, Nathaniel Lloyd, Vita Sackville-West and Percy Crane.
Recognising our new members
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing the presentation of the FLI Certificates until we can safely welcome our new members in person. Events we’re considering for the presentation include the 2021 LI Graduation Ceremony, delayed President’s Reception, or LI conference.
Our full list of new invited fellows from the past two years is:
- Brian Evans FLI
- Jo Thompson FLI
- Marian Boswall FLI
- Mark Gregory FLI
- Andrew Wilson FLI
- Nigel Dunnett FLI
- Juliet Sargeant FLI
- Andrew Halksworth FLI
- Nick James FLI
- Cecil Konijnendijk AFLI
- Alison Barnes FLI
- Prof. Binyi Liu FLI
- Duncan Mackay FLI
- Elizabeth Newton FLI
- Jeremy Lake FLI
- Julie Procter FLI
- Nick Johannsen FLI
- Susan Ireland FLI
- Prof. Carole Rothwell FLI
- Christopher Worman FLI
- Eddie Curry FLI
- Geraldine Sherwin FLI
- Jill Bullen FLI
- Linda Nunn FLI
- Sally Marsh FLI
- Prof. Xiang-rong Wang FLI
- Wang Zhongjie FLI
- Prof. Yufan Zhu FLI
Welcome also to those new Fellows who have graduated from Chartered membership:
- Kim Wilkie FLI
- Carolyn Willitts FLI
- Tom Stuart Smith FLI
- Richard Sneesby FLI
- John Wyer FLI
- David Finch FLI
- Katharine Schofield FLI
- Ruth Holmes FLI
- Sarah Gibson FLI
- Helen Woolley FLI
- David Watkiss FLI
- Steve Morgan FLI
- Sarah Jones Morris FLI
New Chartered members
Our invited route considers all possible grades of membership. As well as new Fellows, we welcomed a number of new invited CMLI members over the past two years, in recognition of their specialist skills and contribution to the profession:
- Colette Beckham CMLI
- Liz Stuffins CMLI
- Andrew Blake CMLI
- Thomas Munro CMLI
- Mathew Haslam CMLI
- James Dymond CML
- Chris Fairbrother CMLI
- David Solly CMLI
In his farewell webinar, Adam paid tribute to everyone who achieved Chartered membership in his two-year tenure as President.
‘One of the honours of being President is welcoming successful Pathway to Chartership candidates,’ Adam said. ‘After up to 7 years of training, assessment and exams, I’m delighted to say there have been 192 Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI) join us during my Presidency.’
Interested in joining or nominating a peer for membership?
If you wish to join the LI, are an existing LI member wanting to apply for Fellowship, or wish to nominate an accomplished peer (with 10 or more years’ relevant experience) for our invited route, please get in touch at email@example.com.