About

We are a London based landscape architectural practice, located at Elephant and Castle, within hearing distance (when the wind is in the right direction) of Big Ben in central London. We are a young practice, registering with Company’s House as Davis Landscape Architecture in 2009.

This blog has been created out of my passion for landscape architecture, horticulture and photography.

Before studying landscape architecture I studied horticulture for a number of years. This gave me a passion for plants and gave me an understanding of their requirements and their limitations of use. It also gave me the discipline to learn 20 plants a week over a three-year period. This was nearly 20 years ago. I have recently rediscovered the joy of discovering new plants. Recording and documenting the plants found on this blog is a selfish act really, as it helps me to learn. I hope as a spin off, others gain some knowledge too.

Occasionally, we publish images of various schemes when they are built. I use the word schemes, as the projects published are not necessarily specifically landscape architecture. Have a look you will see what I mean.

Over the years I have mentored a number of landscape architects on their Pathway to Chartership (P2C), a system used by the Landscape Institute in the UK to encourage postgraduates to study for the professional practice exam prior to Chartership. In going through the process a number of times (I am on my 4th candidate at present) I found it helpful to gather together useful resources. As this is a blog about landscape architecture I thought it might be useful to publish Internet links on this site under the heading P2C. I hope some visitors find these links useful.

As a practice we work on a wide variety of projects including residential, mixed use, public realm and schools. We work on all stages of design including inception, feasibility, sketch design, detail design, tender information, construction information and monitoring on site works.

We are strong advocates of the ‘Home Zone’ type residential development and are very experienced in this type of landscape design.

Where applicable, we advocate the use of shared space in the public realm. This is where the boundary between carriageway and footway become unclear, creating uncertainty for the road user, encouraging them to slow down and pay more attention to pedestrians. This often creates a more inclusive space which is actually (counter intuitively) safer.

We are also very experience in the detailed design of podium deck landscapes, usually intensive roof gardens located over basement car parks associated with residential developments. These kind of schemes often provide valuable communal space for residential communities in urban settings.

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