Tom Smith and Brian Leung of AECOM and both former students on the Landscape Architecture courses here at Kingston, visited the Landscape Interface Studio last week to give presentations and to give feedback to students on their recent proposals for Hull and New York projects. Brian presented an overview of his recent work on leisure and culture projects worldwide – working with clients and local communities to understand their landscape, climate and culture to optomise the potential of their sites. Tom concentrated on his work on the London and Rio Olympic sites. Aecom – which was made 2016 Olympic park masterplanner alongside UK architect Wilkinson Eyre in August 2011 – has since been contracted to carry out design development work on all the park venues and to design park infrastructure and landscaping.
This video is an interview with Tom Smith, graduate from the Kingston University BA Landscape Architecture and Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture. Tom worked on the Olympic Site Masterplan for AECOM from before the bid was won up to delivering the Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The interview focuses on his role as one of the Masterplan Team.
The interview describes how he got involved with the Olympic Project, how long the masterplan process lasted, what innovations were applied in the masterplan, what Landscape Architects brought to the project and what lessons from London will been used in Rio.
This is the second of a series of ten interviews on the role of Landscape Architects in the Olympic Games.
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