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Chris Royffe


Chris Royffe
Contact Details
Chris Royffe

Principal Lecturer

School of Art, Architecture & Design

0113 81 23192 C.Royffe@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Chris Royffe

Chris Royffe Course Leader for MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture in the Leeds School of Art, Architecture and Design. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Chris has wide-ranging research and design practice experience mainly focusing on housing and urban regeneration and in particular covering green space, parks, community design and sustainable landscapes. He was a founding partner of Landscape Design Associates (now LDA Design). Chris represents Leeds Beckett University on the boards of CONCOURSE and Kirkstall Valley Park. He is a member of Aire Action Planning and Policy Group.

Chris runs postgraduate design studios for landscape architecture and urban design students. In collaboration with ARUP and DRO Amsterdam the Cities Alive Design Studio focuses on the planning and design of green infrastructure in Leeds and Amsterdam. Chris has also lectured and examined at a number of universities including Edinburgh, Manchester and Greenwich and advised on the professional accreditation of landscape architecture courses in the UK and abroad.

Current Teaching

  • BA Landscape Architecture and Design
  • MA Landscape architecture
  • MA Urban Design

Research Interests

As a member of the research team with Triangle Architects for Design for Future Climate (UK Technology Strategy Board 2012) Chris covered the landscape implications of the study. With Design Leeds he has produced design proposals for Kirkstall Valley Park in Leeds focusing of movement and circulation through the valley and is at present extending this work in association with various voluntary and community based organisations. He edited (2011) City Park Book of Visions, a book of design proposals by postgraduate students for sustainable urban green space and is presently investigating the landscape architecture of new settlements and green infrastructure with particular reference to Leeds and Amsterdam. He has contributed to Cities Alive (2014) a publication recently launched by Arup in order to promote the significance of green infrastructure and is continuing to promote and develop content of this publication for research and educational purposes.

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