A Chester landscape architect has been appointed as the new Chair of Landscape Institute Wales.
Kate Richards, Associate Landscape Architect at Land Studio, officially takes up her post this month.
Land Studio’s Sian Rossiter, an Assistant Landscape Architect, has also been appointed to run the organisation’s social media platforms.
The Landscape Institute was founded in 1929 and is a professional organisation which works to improve the planning and design of the urban and rural landscape. It also accredits university courses and promotes the professional development of landscape architects.
Its aim is to work with its members to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.
It also provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape architects, scientists and planners, landscape managers and urban designers.
Kate, who lives in Mold, North Wales, and has been involved with the committee for two years, said:
“I’m delighted to be taking up this position. When it comes to the environment and its landscape, Wales is very forward thinking with its policies, so this is an exciting time to become Chair. There’s a lot we can do.”
Outgoing Chair Louise Ball said:
“Kate is ideally placed for taking on the role as Chair for the Landscape Institute Wales branch.
“She has been at the forefront of the committee meetings with ideas and suggestions, helping to keep the momentum of the branch going during her previous role as Social Media Co-ordinator.
“Kate is enthusiastic and gets the job done. There are perfect qualities to take over as Chair to help guide the committee over the coming year.”
Land Studio is a leading landscape architecture, engineering and ecology design practice creating nature-based solutions. Based in Chester, the company specialises in historic landscape, masterplanning, public realm design and regeneration projects both in the UK and internationally.
Last year, Land Studio brought the delivery of sustainable drainage designs and water management solutions in-house with the appointment of a civil engineering team.