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Art by Kayley Passingham - BA (Hons) Art and the Environment


Every year we organise a series of guest speakers for our Landscape Talks lecture series. Up until March of 2020 we were able to hold these in in the facilities on the Writtle University College campus, but the final talk of 2019-20 had to be cancelled when the UK entered lockdown (but thankfully rescheduled for the 2020-21 season).


To continue with these valuable experiences we have had to adapt for 2020-21 and have been holding the talks online. Recordings of the talks are also available to our students afterwards, so they can re-watch or catch-up if they weren't able to attend the live event.

Below you can see a selection of the guest speakers we have had over the years, and at the bottom you can see the full list on the posters produced to advertise the events.


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Ceylan Ombrecht

In October 2019 we were very pleased to invite back Ceylan Belek Ombregt, Associate Director at Martha Schwartz Partners and former Writtle lecturer. During her talk Ceylan delved into the many Landscape Architecture projects of Martha Schwartz Partners.  

October 2019
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Ben Brace

Ben studied BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design and MA Landscape Architecture at Writtle. In his presentation he gave us a facinating insight into his career in landscape so far; where it all began, the route his profession has taken him over the years, and his current role as Horticultural Project Manager at the RHS.

October 2020
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Jim Buchanan

In January 2020 we were joined by labyrinth creator, professional artist and qualified landscape architect Jim Buchanan for an all-day event which included a labyrinth workshop, a Landscape Talk entitled 'Art Meets Landscape', and a creative workshop where the students designeda playspace for an early-years school.

January 2020
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Rob Dwiar

WUC Landscape Architecture alumnus Rob Dwiar came back to WUC in February 2019. Rob is now a garden journalist, writer and designer, and spoke to the Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students about the writing he does about landscape and garden design in video games and virtual reality.

February 2019
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Dr Jill Raggett

In November 2020 we welcomed Dr Jill Raggett, Emeritus Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes. Jill is also Adjunct Professor at University of Dalhousie, Canada and Unit Leader & Assessor on the Royal Horticultural Society Master of Horticulture. Jill talked about the New York Highline, that she visited in 2018, made possible via the Essex Gardens Trust Travel Bursary. 

November 2020
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Peter Piet

Landscape Architect Peter Piet gave a fascinating talk about complete streetscape framework and its importance in place-making. Peter emphasised the street's identity as a place rather than merely a connector, explaining that balancing the competing needs and interest in the public realm is always a challenge but also a great opportunity.

December 2019

The Landscape Talks have been running for a good few years now. Here's a collection of the most recent years' posters.

Landscape Talks 2020-2021 semester B v2
Landscape Talks 2020-2021 semester B v2

Landscape Talks 2020-21 Semester B

Landscape Talks 2020-21 Sem A V1
Landscape Talks 2020-21 Sem A V1

Landscape Talks 2020-21 Semester A

Landscape Talks 2017-18 Sem A 1c
Landscape Talks 2017-18 Sem A 1c

Landscape Talks 2017-18 Semester A

Landscape Talks 2020-2021 semester B v2
Landscape Talks 2020-2021 semester B v2

Landscape Talks 2020-21 Semester B



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