Isabelle is head of landscape architecture, managing the team alongside Greg McKay. From her base in the Bath office, Isabelle coordinates a team of 11 who are split between Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth.
Isabelle, what is the current big trend in your discipline?
We are very busy with university work at the moment. Much more money is being invested into university campuses and off the back of that more student accommodation is being delivered than ever before. A common theme with all of our work is climate adaption and considering green and blue infrastructure from the outset. Landscape and urban design need to strike the balance between designing quality multi-functional spaces and delivering these in sustainable environments. With growing pressure on the space available, it is vital to create spaces with multiple uses and deliver places that can be used in as many different conditions as possible.
Residential is another big sector for us. New policies are pushing health and wellbeing to the core of placemaking, which in turn forces developers to think more holistically about landscape and urban design.
There seems to be an exciting shift of awareness and recognition for our profession due to some of these factors, which is welcomed.
Do you have a favourite project?
I cut my teeth on the design and delivery of Cabot Circus in Bristol. This involved the associated highway works, public realm, River Street residential and Quaker Friars Square. Although I faced many challenges during the project, I am still fond of the scheme because I know it inside out. It was a great experience and there are many aspects that have been a great success.
What is the biggest challenge facing landscape design?
It is an exciting time for landscape architecture, with digital transformation and BIM being one of our biggest challenges. We have embraced the BIM process and have moved the team into Revit which has been a huge challenge and a great achievement, giving us the advantages of working more collaboratively with other disciplines, as well as with the team.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Trust your instincts and stand by what you truly believe in.
- Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
- UKGC and Natural England Biodiversity Net Gain – Small Sites Metric Sounding Board
- Landscape Institute Awards 2017 highly commended ‘Communications and Presentation’ category, Stride Treglown Ltd, ’52 Big Ideas for Bristol’
- Locking Parklands: Shortlisted for the British Home Awards 2017 and a Civic Trust Award, Civic Trust 2015
- Trowbridge County Hall refurbishment won Civic Building of the Year, SCALA 2013