New Landscape Institute President focuses on investment
Speaking after his first Council meeting on 1 July, Watkins said, “The new government has set out its agenda for the country, including tackling climate change, developing a culture of localism and securing best value for money. These values are at the heart of what we do as landscape architects so amid general economic anxiety we have and exciting story to share.
Watkins continued: “Good quality landscape has a positive impact on the lives of ordinary people. It also engages everyone from food experts to poets and it remains high on the green political agenda. It is my intention that the Landscape Institute should place itself at the heart of these debates. I have always believed that the role landscape architects play in shaping our cities and countryside is essential if we are to fulfil our potential as a society. Our members offer an unsurpassed level of professionalism and technical expertise in the sphere of environmental design.”
Jo Watkins was born in Swansea and now lives and works in Blackheath. He has been a landscape architect for 25 years, having trained at Thames Polytechnic. He has worked for the Scottish Development Agency in Glasgow but has spent most of his career in private practice – the past 10 years as a partner in Watkins Dally. He recently left his partnership and now works as a consultant.
He has taught landscape architecture at Greenwich University, London Metropolitan University and at the Bartlett, University College, London. He has served on the Landscape Institute Council for 12 years. The presidency runs for a period of two years.