Cyclists from BDP turned out to raise money for three charities in memory of their colleague Jo Yeates who was murdered last Christmas
Cyclists from BDP turned out to raise money for three charities in memory of their colleague Jo Yeates who was murdered last Christmas.
During May, more than 200 staff rode in relay teams between the firm’s studios in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, while colleagues in Abu Dhabi and India also joined by cycling in their local areas. Their sponsorship money will go to charities Missing People, the British Red Cross and the RSPCA.
The firm has also endowed an annual £1,000 bursary, the Landscape Design Prize, to be awarded in Jo’s memory by the University of Gloucestershire School of Landscape and Environment. This year’s award went to Jane Fitzgerald White for her submission The Art of Urban Decay.
Martin Jones, landscape architecture director at BDP’s Bristol studio, where Jo worked, said: “Jo’s time at the University of Gloucestershire, where she did her postgraduate in landscape architecture, transformed her. BDP has historically given prizes so we thought it fitting to give a landscape design prize to the college that she studied at, and where she could be inspiration to other students.”
This year the criteria for the prize was: ‘the most encouraging overall profile showing promise and a sense of adventure in exploring landscape design and demonstrating an understanding and response to a sense of place at a range of scales.’ Jones said Fitzgerald White’s designs incorporated impressive concepts and that the combination of hand-drawn and computer-aided designs was very powerful.
Fitzgerald Whitewill will now receive a study bursary for which she will be asked to visit a place of her choice which, in her view, represents a piece of outstanding contemporary landscape design, and to record it in drawing, photography or by any other media she feels is appropriate to demonstrate why this is the case. She will then present her findings in a short presentation to the
University of Gloucestershire School of Landscape and Environment during the following academic year. The intention is to produce a longer term catalogue of the students’ bursary work from each year.
Cycle for Jo is part of a series of events to mark BDP’s 50th year. An open space outside BDP’s Bristol studio has been dedicated to Jo, with a plaque by artist Anna Bowen.