Valuing Landscape Conference 2018
Connecting People, Place and Nature

Valuing Landscape Conference 2018
6-7 September 2018

IFLA Europe General Assembly, London
8-9 September 2018

University of Greenwich

Presented by the Landscape Institute, IFLA Europe and the University of Greenwich

Landscape’s greatest value is in how it connects people, the places we create, and the environment we inhabit. Measuring and demonstrating the benefits of landscape interventions will be of crucial importance in the years ahead.

The LI, in partnership with the University of Greenwich Department of Landscape, is holding its 2018 conference in tandem with the IFLA Europe General Assembly. Join us on 6-7 September for two days of debate, discussion, bold thinking and creative ideas led by a world-class roster of international speakers.

The two-day programme includes:

  • day one: a day of high-level debate on the value of landscape for those leading the profession, with reference to future trends, urban design and digital
  • day two: a day on landscape management, planning and policy, enhanced by inspiring local site visits, including Thamesmead (hosted by Peabody)

The IFLA Europe general assembly will follow the conference on 8-9 September.

Please note: Programme and speakers subject to change. Check back for updates.


Thursday 6 September

Value of landscape in cities: impacts for investment, talent and competitiveness

Session content and speakers to be announced!

Future of landscape: What external influences will impact the value society attributes to space?

Explore our fast-changing world and the impact of current trends. With society’s needs, values and habits shifting, it is vital that landscape responds. Hear about:

  • key future trends and challenges that have an impact on space.
  • the changing role of ‘value’.
  • places inspired by human experience, social action and sharing economies.

Panel session: Understanding the needs of future trends and generations

Join the panel as they discuss attempt to meet the needs of future talent and generations to come. The debate will cover:

  • the requirements of future generations and new skills needed for the future
  • understanding the connection of the environment, productivity and housing need in placemaking for the future, and where will value be found?
  • the social, work, education and technology changes that will impact our lives and industry
  • engagement: is it important and how can it be effective?
On the panel

Daniel Cook, CEO, Landscape Institute
Professor David McGuire, Vice Chancellor, University of Greenwich

Perspectives on value

Get inspired on how to tackle the challenges of valuing and accounting for intangible assets and benefits. This session will explore:

  • new frameworks and methods of evaluation from a range of sectors
  • understanding cultural, social and economic value
  • accounting for intangibles to demonstrate value
  • alternate viewpoints

Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council
Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head, Sustainability, RICS Brussels

Case study: Ottawa

Examine a case study and learn how natural capital accounting will be vital for future urban growth and value in our cities and towns. This session will explore:

  • natural capital accounting – how do we make it work for the profession?
  • is it helping stocks and flows? examining examples of use
  • adding value to cities and towns through risk assessment and accounting
  • presentation of successful case study

Mark Kristmanson, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada

Panel session: Unlocking the tangible and intangible value

Enjoy a series of presentations on the topic, then join us for an interactive debate, questions from the floor being posed to the panel. Discuss issues such as:

  • should we value all, part or none of the landscape?
  • how do we measure intangibles?
  • is brand important to cities and therefore, their design?
On the panel

Julian Agyemen, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and Author, United States of America

More speakers to be announced!

Creating value for people

Part 1: A focus on well-being and green infrastructure

Session details to be announced!


John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead, Peabody
Speaker TBA, LUC

Part 2: Environmental value and impact on improving community quality of life

Examine how landscape and place-making can make a deeper impact on people’s communities through health, connection and well-being while reducing inequalities. This session covers:

  • improving quality of life and reducing health inequality through environmental value
  • health, well-being and nature: examples of success
  • what is the landscape value for an ageing population?
  • greenscape and how that helps support recovery
  • actions that can be implemented and policy that needs to be done

Miriam Weber, Senior Advisor, Health Urban Living and Resilience, Utrecht, Netherlands
Kate Henderson, CEO, TCPA

Panel session: Fostering value around placemaking

Assess examples of landscape and place management that have addressed the issues of the city’s value and competitiveness. This session will examine:

  • long term sustainability of place management
  • new ways of connecting stakeholders and landscape
  • partnerships and innovation for funding
  • integrating skills policy that helps support local level transformation
  • cross-disciplinary linking up for stronger project outcomes
On the panel

Professor Ares Kalandides, Senior Fellow and Director, Institute of Place Management, Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
Gill Steward, CEO, London Borough of Bexley Council
Roo Angell, Co-Founder, Sayes Court CIC
Bob Bagley, Co-Founder, Sayes Court CIC

Reflections and thoughts for the future: creating a new kind of value

Discuss opportunities for bold leadership, inspiration and influence in local level transformation. This session will reflect on:

  • what is the added value in leadership?
  • attracting skills and leadership: what and who is needed?
  • what do we need to do differently?
  • evolving to meet the future needs



Professor Antje Stokman, Architecture and Landscape, HafenCity University, Hamburg
Dr Antonella Radicci, Principal Scientist, Hush City Mobile Lab, Institute of City and Regional Planning, Berlin
Suzanne O’Connell, Landscape Architect, The Decorators

Networking event

This post-conference networking opportunity will be a chance to experience a range of technology including BIM, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and more. You will have the chance to ask the vital questions and explore the benefits, skills required and uses with experts. On display you’ll see the latest offering from students across the world including China and Europe. Enjoy a buffet and drinks reception.

Sponsored by Vestre.

Friday 7 September

Post-Brexit: Creating value through new Environmental Policy

Hear the latest plans and policies in UK government.

Speakers to be announced!

Future plans: the direction going forward

Further discuss the future opportunities and challenges regarding ongoing environmental policy post-Brexit across the UK and Europe.

Speakers to be announced!

Collaboration: Evolving definition and assessment of landscape value through monitoring

Receive updates direct from the Interagency team on creating new approaches and frameworks in this area – a joint effort between agencies in the UK and Ireland.


Tony Williams, President, IFLA Europe and Principal Landscape Architect, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland
Jill Bullen, Senior Landscape Specialist, Natural Resources Wales
Chris Bolton, Principal Specialist, Landscape, Natural England
Neil Rainey, DAERA Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Deborah Sandals, Scottish Natural Heritage

Valuing planning work and studies into future

Hear the latest updates in planning with value and impacts.


John Acres, President, RTPI and Director, Acres Land and Planning

Future value through management and science

Unravel the value that can be accumulated from protected natural spaces and forests using a range of skills spanning management, horticulture ecology and science.


Alison Barnes, CEO, New Forest National Park
Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest

Panel session:

An additional panel discussion will further unlock the potential to find more value in these essential areas of the sector.

On the panel

Euan Hall, CEO, The Land Trust
Laura Gatti, Director, Laura Gatti Consultants Italy

Interactive workshops and site visits

A series of workshops and site visits will take place throughout the day. Delegates will have the opportunity to travel to the Thamesmead district (hosted by Peabody), and other prestigious London sites.

Further details to be announced!

Networking event

Close of conference to be led by Hardscape (speaker tba), followed by a networking reception.


Useful info


This two-day conference will take place at the University of Greenwich Stockwell Campus. The modern venue houses the University’s Department of Landscape and boasts excellent conference facilities.

The IFLA Europe General Assembly will take place on 8 and 9 September in the Old Historic Naval College on the University of Greenwich grounds.

Delegates will have access to the now-famous green roofs on top of the Stockwell Campus.

Transport links

Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London in Zone 2 of London’s underground travel network. It’s also easy to arrive by Docklands Light Railway (DLR).


The Landscape Institute is holding accommodation at the Daniel Dafoe Halls of Residence. These are single-occupancy, en-suite rooms. You can book these rooms for the conference through (Enter ‘LI Conference’ in the notes to secure a discount rate of just £65.00 per night.)

If you would like hotel accommodation, please let us know by emailing . You will be sent a list to choose from; please note, however, that no special deals are in place.

Joining instructions and further queries

We will send delegates more detailed instructions on how to join the conference closer to the date of the event. In the meantime, please email with any questions.