Art by Claire Jebbitt - BA (Hons) Art and the Environment
Every year we organise a series of guest speakers for our Landscape Talks lecture series. These guest speakers give an invaluable insight into various landscape professions and the activities of those professionals working within them.
Up until March 2020 we were able to hold these in in the facilities on the Writtle University College campus, whether in a lecture theatre or with our design studios, but we have had to adapt since then by using video conferencing software when necessary. This has given us the added bonus of welcoming speakers that may otherwise be unable to visit the campus in person, such as when Writtle graduate Sunniva Sutestad joined us to speak about Landscape Architecture Projects in Norway, from Norway.
Recordings of the Landscape Talks are also available to our students afterwards, so they can re-watch or catch-up if they weren't able to attend a live event itself.
Below you can see a selection of the guest speakers we have had over the years, and at the bottom you can see some of the posters produced to advertise the events.
Writtle MA Landscape Architecture Alumna Martina Sechi and Landscape Architect Danielle Percy from UDS Bidwells gave a fascinating talk about landscape led approach in design and planning schemes. They showed our students a case study project from Cambridge and explained the interface between design and assessment processes.
In November 2021 we welcomed Romy Rawlings from Vestre.
The talk was on Nordic Life in Public Spaces, and students learnt how Vestre designs are used in various projects, and about their company ethos and the many ways that they are working to limit their environmental impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Landscape Talks have been running for a good few years now. Here's a collection of the recent years' posters.
Landscape Talks 2021-22 Sem A Talk 1
Landscape Talks 2020-21 Semester B
Landscape Talks 2018-19 Semester A