Study in the Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston

The Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston has established a clear position within the UK context of architecture and landscape education. Our concern with continuity in architectural culture, and in making work which is sensitive to situation and context, places us in a notional community of European schools in places as diverse as Ireland, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Iberia. The graduating practitioner from Kingston is a generalist capable of thinking and making with the technical and critical skills required to be both nimble and empowered to act in today’s diverse architectural and landscape culture.

Our situation as part of the Kingston School of Art is key to our identity. The large workshops and the ethos of thinking through making speak of the inherent dynamic of how we see architectural and landscape knowledge generated in the productive tension between tectonics and representation. This is a fundamental and essential part of how the department seeks to enable its students; firstly through a direct and immediate connection with how things are made and the nature of the spaces that result; and secondly with how it is represented critically. These are equally valued as a way of interrogating, contextualising and developing a critical position, one that is unique in the UK context.

Our reputation is reflected by our continued presence in the Domus listing of the top 50 Architecture Schools in Europe, and our students and staff continue to win prestigious industry awards, including regular successes in the RIBA President’s Medals. Our Register podcast features some of the best emerging architectural talent in the UK and Europe discussing their work.

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MA Landscape and Urbanism
This course aims to prepare you for creative roles in the context of landscape and urbanism design practice and research.
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MLA Landscape Architecture
This two-year ‘conversion course’, accredited by the Landscape Institute, is aimed at graduates and professionals from disciplines including architecture, spatial design and ecology who can bring their knowledge, expertise, inquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture.
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PgDip Landscape Architecture
This course, accredited by the Landscape Institute, provides an innovative design education involving opportunities such as participation in European and local consultancy within our Landscape Interface Studio.
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Interested in studying post-graduate Landscape courses at Kingston University?

Course Leader + Lecturer or Senior Lecturer – Landscape Architecture

Adverts for 2 new Landscape Architecture posts here at Kingston University are now online:

The Department of Architecture + Landscape is advertising for a part-time permanent position of Course Leader in Landscape Architecture (for 22.2 hours per week). This is an opportunity to lead the Landscape Architecture course at one of London’s most well-established schools of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University London. For full job description:  


The second post of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer – Landscape Architecture is a part-time permanent position for 14.8 hours per week. Full job description:



Proposed interview dates for both posts: week commencing 27 August 2018. For an informal discussion please contact Mary Johnson: or 020 8417 4232.




“Living with floods – Productive landscape”. Alexandru Malaescu

The following project was developed in 2013 by Alexandru Malaescu studying on the Landscape and Urbanism MA course at Kingston University.  This project formed his Master’s project and is based on work and research carried out by Alex based on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England .



Report: Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment

In 2009 Natural England, Defra and the Forestry Commission commissioned the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey. The data enables Natural England, its partners and data users to:

  1. Understand how people use, enjoy and are motivated to protect the natural environment.
  2. Monitor changes in use of the natural environment over time, at a range of different spatial scales and for key groups within the population.
  3. Inform on-the-ground initiatives to help them link more closely to people’s needs.
  4. Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of related policy and initiatives.
  5. Measure the impact of and inform policy relating to the natural environment


The ’Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment visits to urban greenspaces (2009-2016)’ report presents the results of an analysis of the MENE findings from the first seven years of fieldwork from March 2009 to February 2016 regarding visits to the urban greenspaces (destinations described by respondents as being in a town or city).

The urban population and the natural environment

  • The vast majority of the urban population claimed to have taken visits to the natural environment for recreation
  • There has been an increase in frequent visits of urban residents claiming to visit the outdoors. This equates to an increase from an estimated 17.4 million to an estimated 20.5 million urban residents visiting the natural environment on at least a weekly basis.
  • Infrequent visitors in urban areas were more likely than rural residents to cite lifestyle barriers as a reason for not visiting, namely being busy at home or at work. Health issues and age were more prevalent amongst the barriers cited by infrequent visitors living in rural areas.
  • Across all seven years of MENE, 40% had taken at least one visit to the natural environment in the 7 days prior to being interviewed.

Increasingly used and locally accessed urban greenspaces

  • Visits to urban greenspaces have shown less volatility across the seasons than those taken to other destination types, showing these to be well and continuously utilised spaces for outdoor recreation.
  • A defining characteristic of visits to urban greenspaces is that they are more likely to be taken by people who live locally than visits to other destinations
  • Half of visits taken to greenspaces within towns and cities involved a journey of less than 1mile.
  • The average distance traveled has decreased for these visits.
  • Around 70% of visits to urban greenspaces were taken on foot.
  • There has been a decrease in the use of cars to reach the visit destination on urban visits.
  • Urban greenspace visits were more likely to be taken for the purpose of entertaining children than visits taken to other areas, highlighting the benefits of these places for a range of age groups and as a potential opportunity to connect children with nature.

Uses of urban greenspaces – who and why?

Compared to other destination types, urban greenspace visits are more likely to be taken by:

  • People between the ages of 16 and 34.
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Population (BAME) – although this proportion is still lower than for the urban population as a whole.
  • Those in the lower social grades.
  • Those not in paid employment.
  • Those who do not have access to private transsport.
  • People with children in their household.

Urban greenspace visits typically involve a more limited range of places being visited than other general location categories such as coastal areas and the countryside. Parks in towns and cities were by far the most commonly visited destination.

As for all outdoor visits, walking was the most popular activity undertaken on urban visits. In comparison to countryside and other coastal visits, those taken to urban greenspaces were more likely to involve playing with children (12% of urban visits).

The benefits of urban greenspaces

Much has been written on the benefits of accessing greenspaces in all types of locations, including urban greenspaces. Research studies have concluded that:

  • Moving to an area with more urban greenspace had a significant and sustained impact on the mental health of residents living in such areas
  • People living in urban areas with greater amounts of greenspace were generally happier, exhibiting lower mental distress and higher life satisfaction
  • Amongst all urban visitors, exercising a dog, health/exercise and/or fresh air/pleasant weather were the key motivations recorded.
  • While the range of motivations for urban greenspace visits tends to be more limited than for other destination types, the largest of which were for health or exercise, fresh air/ pleasant weather and to ‘be somewhere you like’.



Europe’s biodiversity beyond 2020: Tackling challenges to achieve targets

‘Europe’s biodiversity beyond 2020 – Tackling the challenges to achieve targets’ event will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from 25 to 27 September 2018.  

EKLIPSE is supporting the organisation of this CEEweb event, in collaboration with Eurosite, that aims to bring together scientists and policy makers, authorities and NGOs in order to bridge the gap between resilience thinking and adaptive environmental management of protected areas. The event will help to improve the understanding of climate change, its perceptible and foreseeable impacts and the role nature based solutions can play in mitigating them.

The event’s programme focuses on crucial ingredients for a more efficient implementation of EU nature policy:

  • EU level networking to exchange knowledge and examples of good practice;
  • Preserving crop-wild-relatives as an important resource for the future of EU and global agriculture;
  • Increasing active involvement of the wider population into Natura 2000 management and (private) land conservation;
  • Nature-based solutions that wetlands can offer to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Please find the draft programme here.

2nd EKLIPSE CALL for the organisation of Capacity Building events – deadline August 15th 2018

Do you have an idea for a seminar, short course or other kind of training event? EKLIPSE is inviting representatives of networks, organisations, projects and other entities to submit proposals to develop capacity building events relevant to the Science-Policy-Society interface, regarding biodiversity, ecosystem services, and related challenges.

Community training providers are invited to submit a proposal to EKLIPSE to receive support regarding the organisation, expertise and/or facilitation necessary for a successful event. Please submit your Capacity Building Event Proposal, by accessing the open calls and application forms at

3rd Call for Requests 
Invitation to request knowledge for informed decision-making: EKLIPSE invites policy and other societal actors, through its Calls for Requests, to identify topics or evidence needs relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services and of EU policy relevance, requiring in-depth analysis and a consolidated view from science and other knowledge holders.  Please submit your request via our online form by 12th August 2018

The 3rd Call for Requests (CfR.3/2018, April 2018) has already resulted in five requests. These are currently going through the dynamic phase of cross-fertilisation where we invite requesters and other parties to discuss potential partnerships on a request, contribute to the framing of a request, and/or potentially merge two or more requests into a more strategic EU policy-relevant question. Click on a link below to join the discussion in our KNOCK forum.

See the requests undergoing the cross-fertilisation process:

  • Up to date information on the current and future state of unrenewable energy impact on various environments around the globe
  • How do we use the research to date in order to inform our landscape design, construction and management?
  • Can we determine, from synthesis of existing research and practice, whether it is possible to establish an agreed universal method of assigning an ecosystem services valuation to biodiversity and/or ecological networks? If so, can we then devise an approach that can be applied within an ecosystem services analysis methodology.
  • Testing the toxicity of Plant Protection Products (PPP) on pollinators: are honey bees (Apis mellifera spp.) a useful indicator (proxy) for pollinators in general?
  • To determine the kind of and how to cultivate hedgerows most beneficial to indigenous pollinator populations

You can join the discussion through the EKLIPSE KNOCK forum.



national park city1The National Park City Foundation has successfully campaigned to make London a National Park City and it will launch during a National Park City season in May 2019.  The season will culminate in a summer summit to encourage cities from around the world to follow London’s ambition to be green cities, vibrant with nature and people enjoying the great outdoors.

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The London National Park City will be delivered by volunteers and a partnership of groups and organisations with the support of the National Park City Foundation, the charity that has been established to help make the London National Park City a success.

The London National Park City Partnership will inspire, catalyse, support, join-up and spread best practice through knowledge sharing. The initiative will draw in sports clubs, community groups, schools, and other organisations as well as individuals to develop, extend and maintain activities and green spaces in localities, connecting with each other across London. For example, there will be a ‘Bank of Ideas’ to share inspirations and best practice across organisations and activities.

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The National Park City Foundation will also support local action by helping to raise and direct funds and investment which local projects often lack, and by helping Londoners to scale-up their activities and to fill in gaps where there is a lack of community action or support.

The first London National Park City Week runs from 21-29 July, 2018. The event will feature 270 events and activities celebrating London’s unique green spaces, trees, waterways and natural environment. The week is a collaboration between the Mayor of London, the National Park City Foundation and partners across London and gives Londoners the opportunity to explore the city with walks, talks, explorations, family activities and more. A full list of events is available on the London National Park City Week event page with more than 130 organisations hosting events, including community groups, arts organisations, local and national charities, boroughs and businesses.

Events include:

  • walks and explorations to discover some of London’s lesser known green spaces, footpaths and waterways
  • family activities in parks across the city
  • encounters with urban wildlife
  • opportunities to help look after local green spaces
  • boat trips, bike rides, tree trails

Judy Ling Wong CBE, National Park City Trustee and Honorary President, UK Director of the Black Environment Network (BEN) said:

“We are excited to count down to London becoming a National Park City in 2019 by working with the Mayor and others to stage the first National Park City Week in July. It is the perfect excuse to get outside and visit, try, enjoy or learn something new about what London has to offer. There will be inspiring events and activities throughout our wonderful parks, gardens, squares, streets, waterways and nature reserves for people to enjoy, but anyone can make their own National Park City Week events too, from holding a flower pot festival outside your house to putting on a performance somewhere special outdoors. This first National Park City Week is an open invitation to London’s 9 million residents to celebrate our rich urban cultural life, anchored in the nature of our great city.”