To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we brought together leading thinkers from around the world for Landscape50; a landmark international conference that set out a bold vision for the future of landscape architecture.

Watch Landscape50: The Future of Landscape Architecture

A bold vision for the future of the profession

Hailing from five continents and leaders in their diverse fields, our Landscape50 speakers were selected to present a wide-ranging and ambitious vision for the future of the profession.

Watch our Landscape 50 speeches

50 years of Sheffield landscape architecture

Founded by Professor Arnold Weddle in 1967, the department has become one of the leading schools of landscape architecture in the world, renowned for its excellent teaching and world-leading research.

The Landscape50 exhibition celebrates this journey and through the memories of our alumni, explores how we influence social and environmental change and make an impact on people’s everyday lives.

View the Landscape50 exhibition

The first landscape architecture department in Great Britain

Department Historian, Dr Jan Woudstra explores our early years and the history of landscape architecture education in his paper The Sheffield Method, first published in Garden History 38/2 (2010).

“Thus, on 1 November 1967 a forty-three-year-old Arnold Weddle commenced as the first professor in Landscape Architecture of the first independent Department of Landscape Architecture in Great Britain."

Download The Sheffield Method (PDF, 3.45MB)


Guests at Landscape50
A stack of Landscape50 brocures
Guests arriving at Landscape50 conference

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A world-class university – a unique student experience

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.