Research at Leeds Beckett
About Jess Bryne-Daniel
With over 25 years experience in practice Jess has been involved in a wide range of landscape projects. She balances design creativity with pragmatism to achieve meaningful designs of relevance to their locality and the people who use them.
Jess has worked with practices such as Gillespies and Scott Wilson where she undertook a number of development strategies, landscape and visual impact assessments, infrastructure improvement and design projects in Britain and the Far East. She subsequently joined Camlin Lonsdale in a desire to undertake more thought provoking projects that challenge mediocrity in design and engaged with the users of the finished scheme from the outset of the project. She has been associated with Camlin Lonsdale for over 20 years and became a founding Director when the practice was incorporated in 1999.
Her aim is to create good quality, meaningful and sustainable external spaces for their intended users, whether this be a the setting and private gardens for the family of a Para 55 House or developing strategic frameworks for the regeneration of major towns where the appropriate mix and positioning of uses, together with subliminal design elements can aid orientation and memorability of the evolving settlement. Above all she aims to ensure that our interventions are relevant to the current users and have the potential to make marks of meaning for future generations to cherish.
The depth and range of knowledge of her experience is recognized by her appointment to a number of Regional and National Design Review Panels whilst her projects are frequently rewarded with Industry Awards. She has been appointed External examiner/moderator for Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield and Leeds Beckett Universities in the past.
Jess has worked with Leeds Beckett University as a Part Time lecturer since 2012. She has also taught at Sheffield University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jess is currently Level 5 year leader and module lead for the following modules:
- LA403: Development of the Landscape
- LA501: Landscape Character and Ecological Design
- LA502: Design Impacts
- LA504: Neighbourhood Planning and Design
- LA505: Urban Landscapes – Public Realm Design
In 1999 Jess was awarded a Churchill Travel Award to undertaken research into the ways in which different cultures relate to and use the external spaces within urban environments. This fascinating exploration helped provided the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the differing requirements that external spaces need to address to ensure their success for the culturally diverse communities that use our public open spaces in urban areas.
The use of research is essential in the completion of meaningful design interventions and for thorough Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments in practice. Each commission undertaken involves research to a greater or lesser degree whether it is in understanding the evolution of a place through researching its historic past to ensuring appropriate planting palettes are specified for the sites geographic conditions and particular microclimate.