Leading landscape architect Lionel Fanshawe to speak at Leeds Beckett
The free, public event will be held from 1-2pm on Thursday 12 March in Lecture Theatre A of the University’s City Campus Rose Bowl building. No booking is required.
terra firma is a landscape architectural practice with Leeds roots, that spans the globe and is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year.
During his lecture Lionel will discuss terra firma’s approach to green infrastructure and sense of place. He commented: “It is nine years since I last came up to speak in Leeds and a surprising amount has happened in that time. There is a far wider debate both about the normally perceived positive effects of green infrastructure and negative aspects of globalism when in fact we should examine them together.”
Started in Portsmouth by the ex-city landscape architect and Leeds graduate John Wigham in 1985, terra firma now works out of Lionel’s native Hampshire town, Petersfield, with offices in London, Dubai and Vilnius. Lionel, a graduate of our predecessor institution Leeds Polytechnic, has worked internationally and been the instigator behind the firm’s steady rise since he joined it in 1996.
Chris Royffe, MA Landscape Architecture and Design Course Leader at Leeds Beckett, who is hosting the event, added: “Despite having worked in 29 countries over six continents, the terra firma offices pride themselves in dealing with all projects in a local way with emphasis on cultural heritage, community and spirit of the place. In his talk, Lionel hopes to convey something of this through the presentation of a select few of the company’s diverse projects, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back to Leeds Beckett.”
The remaining speakers in the Inside Out series are Michael England, an award winning multi-disciplinary artist whose skills are sought from clients such as the Sony Music, the BBC and Channel 4, on Thursday 19 March and Graeme Brooker, an author and founder of Interior Educators on Thursday March 26.