Claire Symons

Senior Associate Landscape Architect

Claire leads the design and technical delivery for a wide range of landscape projects from our Cardiff studio. She works closely with clients and consultants to ensure each project is going to plan.

What is the current big trend in landscape design?

Not just a trend but in it for the long haul is Biodiversity Net Gain. It is vitally important to ensure new developments work to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the site and its surroundings.

Why is being a Building with Nature assessor important to you?

Not only does being an assessor offer our clients an additional service, the Building with Nature knowledge helps in the design and delivery process of any project by ensuring the development can be compliant with green infrastructure standards.

What is your favourite project?

Every project where I have had the chance to work with the local community and end users. It is very rewarding seeing them have a sense of ownership by being part of the design process.

Professional pet hate?

Landscape design being thought of at the last minute of the project process. For a project to be successful we should be involved from the start, not parachuted in later. Thankfully, my early involvement in projects has dramatically improved over the last few years.

If you weren’t in this career what would you be?

I would switch to being a Private Investigator — over time this job has taught me to look at the details and search for information. However, my new contract would definitely need to include moving to Hawaii and driving a red Ferrari!

What is your proudest moment?

I have lots of proud moments, but becoming a Mum, being crew member for the RNLI, and passing my Chartership exam are up there at the top.

Industry Bodies:
  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
  • HATCH Network Member for the Design Commission for Wales
  • Building with Nature Approved Assessor
  • Landscape Institute Awards Communication and Presentation Category 2017
  • Construction Excellence Wales Project of the Year 2017

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