Kingston University’s Landscape Architecture MLA (LI Accredited) is a two-year ‘conversion course’, accredited by the Landscape Institute, which 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. It is designed to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary landscape practice and research, as well as new opportunities for creative collaboration and co-production.
RORY JOHNSON: NATURAL SWIMMING POOL MODEL
Studio 3.5 and MLA1: Helen Goodwin & Fenella Griffin
“This year the first year of the course was taught alongside a third year Architecture Studio – engaging both Architecture and Landscape students, offers an integrated educational experience based on a holistic understanding of site. Furthermore, collaboration with The Peabody Trust and Trust Thamesmead allowed us to engage with the social, economic and political context and to embed our thinking in the real world
beyond the studio.
Group Site Model
Our work this year has taken us back to the civic spirit and optimism which lay behind the project for Thamesmead, the GLC’s most ambitious housing scheme conceived in the 1960s as ‘a modern community where 60,000 people will live in environmental conditions unmatched by anything that has gone before’. If only dreams came true. It is hard to find places where today’s largely migrant populations in Thamesmead might rub shoulders.
CAMILLA PICCOLO: TOWN HALL SQUARE
In response, our studio’s community spirited vision for the town proposes a collective living room in the form of a new Town Hall and public square on the edge of Southmere Lake, drawing inspiration from Alvar Aalto’s humane architecture with its roots so firmly embedded in the landscape. The Town Hall becomes a place with civic representative value for Thamesmead, with proposals also helping to address the fragmentation of residential areas, to mediate between elevated highways, buried sewers and fragile marshlands and to articulate traces of a more ancient human inhabitation of the land that far pre-dates the carpet of concrete. Foyers and public spaces offer gathering places for the community whilst atmospheric halls act as vessels for a host of civic and recreational activities from where the community can appreciate Thamesmead’s watery landscapes as well as its concrete towers.”
Haojie Khan Shokravy: Site Section
This two year MLA Landscape Architecture at Kingston University targets creative graduates and professionals from architecture, art and design, ecology, environmental science, geography, spatial planning and landscape architecture who can bring relevant knowledge, expertise, enquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture/landscape urbanism practice and practice-led research. In particular, the programme is designed to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary landscape practice and research, and new opportunities for collaboration, co-production and creation. Graduate students from landscape programmes are also welcome to apply to the 2 year programme.
For further information on the course contact Assoc. Prof. Pat Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org or click link to access the application process.
Team from Agence d’Urbanisme de la Région du Havre et de l’Estuaire de la Seine (AURH) take part in studio crit.
The MLA engages specifically with the School and Faculty ethos of ‘thinking through making’ and addresses local contexts of study and European good practice, and EU and international markets for Landscape Architecture professional expertise. The programme is designed to empower students for challenging future roles in multidisciplinary project teams from the local to the big picture global context of landscape practice.
- Year 1 focuses on core knowledge and skills, which may take advantage of the specific geographical location of the programme and established local network of expertise.
- Year 2 aligns with the existing Postgraduate Landscape Architecture and MA Landscape & Urbanism course structure and curriculum, and the existing postgraduate modules.
The new MLA extends the reach of the respected postgraduate Landscape Architecture & Urbanism programmes at KU, and in particular the integration of live projects and expertise within the Landscape Interface Studio. MLA students will study alongside the MA students in the second year of the programme to provide for informed team collaboration and individual professional portfolio development.
The MLA commenced in September 2014 with a curriculum that has been developed in discussion with colleagues from the Landscape profession and landscape & multidisciplinary practices in London, UK; EU and internationally. Programme development is supported by the Landscape Institute Professional Review Group and the LI Education Committee. The process of Landscape Institute accreditation of the course will take place via their ‘candidate’ programme route.
Our staff offer experience, expertise and imagination across the breadth of subjects taught. Specialist knowledge adds a further dimension to our courses. Our teaching staff are drawn from some of London’s best practices, combining innovation and intellectual rigour with practical experience. This dialogue between academia and practice, and across thinking and making, is a central concern shared by staff across the School
PAT BROWN, COURSE DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.
Specialist subjects: Pat is a Landscape Architect and National Teaching Fellow, with practice experience
in the UK and USA, teaching and practice-led research internationally, recent conferences: Melbourne, Ahmedabad.
The Landscape Interface Studio – which Pat founded and leads – has developed a track record in EU funded projects with particular focus on water, places and people. Projects include water sensitive urban design, public engagement in co-design and creative practice, with collaborations with water agencies across Europe including:
• Dutch Recreational Waterways;
• Voies Navigables de France;
• Navigli Lombardi;
• Canal and River Trust UK;
• Creative Capital Exchange;
• Shared Assets; and
• National Trust
Collaborations with leading international workshops include:
• Van Alan Institute NYC;
• Port of Rotterdam;
• Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage Versailles; and
• Amsterdam Academy.
Landscape Interface Studio projects bring together tutor-practitioners, researchers, specialists and graduate students with clients and communities outside of the university, for shared creative practice at scales from
the individual experience to regional networks involving students in live contemporary practice experience.
Fenella is a practicing landscape architect and partner at Untitled Practice, architects and landscape architects whose current work focuses around the redevelopment of public space at an infrastructural scale extending into the architectural interface. Our work is always concerned with identity, spatial integration and coherence and questions of human experience and ecological resilience. In London UP are working as lead designers for the renewal of Sidcup High Street, LB Bexley/GLA under OLF 2 – due for completion in autumn 2014, and in Thamesmead for the regeneration of 3.25km of public space between the heritage assets of Lesnes Abbey and Crossness Pumping Station. Phase 1 is due for completion March 2015. In Brighton and Hove UP are currently redesigning 1.5km of public realm and city park to redefine Valley Gardens within Britain’s first UNESCO Urban Biosphere Reserve. These projects are all informed by extensive engagement responding to socio-economic as well as cultural, spatial and aesthetic considerations.
CHRISTOPH LEUDER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Christoph Lueder has been practicing, researching and teaching architecture and urban design for nearly 20 years. He has taught and lectured at various institutions in Germany, Switzerland and the UK including the University of Stuttgart, the ETH Zürich, Canterbury School of Architecture and the Deutsche Architektur Museum.
“I left Kingston after completing my degree and took a year out placement at Land Use Consultants (LUC). After a year back at Kingston for my Postgraduate Diploma I returned to LUC where I have spent the majority of my past eleven years of work. I had short stints at other practices on temporary contracts such as Plincke and PRP, as well as eight months of travel through India and SE Asia, but LUC is the company that I have always felt most at home at and where I have decided to remain.
I have very fond memories of my time at Kingston and have championed the Kingston course throughout my time in practice. I enjoyed the variety of projects and the opportunities and experiences that were presented to us by working on ‘real’ sites with ‘real’ issues, and then also communicating with ‘real’ people who had an interest in the future of the site. Opportunities to get outside and visit Paris, Amsterdam and numerous sites around the UK were invaluable learning experiences as well as memorable fun times. I’d still champion the Kingston course and in particular the tutors whose encouragement and enthusiasm all helped shape me into the landscape architect I am today.”
James Virgo BA DipLA CMLI, Senior Landscape Architect