Former LI president receives honorary fellowship
Sue Illman, alumnus and former President of the Landscape Institute, has received an honorary fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire.
Sue is managing director of Illman Young, a long-established landscape architecture practice based in Cheltenham. She was a founder member of the Gloucestershire Gardens and Landscape Trust, its chair for many years, and is now one of its patrons.
Sue’s practice has developed a nationally recognised profile in the integrated masterplanning of SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) and partnered the university in one of its first knowledge transfer partnerships, from 2006 to 2008.
She received her award from David Booth, postgraduate programme director for landscape and environment, in a ceremony held recently at Gloucester Cathedral.
Under Sue’s presidency in 2013/14, says David, the Landscape Institute has published new position statements on housing, public health and well-being – ‘all issues with major relevance to people’s everyday lives; and she continues to promote a better understanding and awareness of land and water management issues both on behalf of the institute and through her own work.’
Raising awareness of the important contribution that landscape architecture can make in addressing issues of climate change has been one of her key themes, says Sue. ‘As a profession our work enables us to improve the quality of both the urban and rural environment, and to create more attractive and sustainable places for people to live. I am delighted to receive this reward and I hope that it will inspire students currently studying at the university, or just about to start working in practice, to believe that they too can make a difference to the environment, and people’s lives.’