New Lineup for Landscape Executive Team

L-R: Professor Anna Jorgensen, Dr Clare Rishbeth, Dr Ross Cameron, Ms Helen Woolley

It’s all change in the Department of Landscape, where a raft of appointments will see a brand new executive team take over for the new term.

Professor Anna Jorgensen becomes head of Department, taking over from Professor James Hitchmough, who will now take a year’s sabbatical leave to concentrate on research and publishing. Dr Clare Rishbeth becomes the new Director of External Relations, a position held by Professor Nigel Dunnett since 2015, while Dr Ross Cameron and Helen Woolley will jointly share the role of Director of Research, taking over from Anna Jorgensen.

The new executive is looking forward to developing a closer dialogue with the Landscape Institute and the profession. Their aim is to ensure the programmes offered by the Department are the start of an ongoing collaboration with students and the Institute, with potential to continue beyond graduation into their future careers.

Professor Jorgensen said: “I am taking over a Department with many strengths in supporting the development of outstanding landscape architects and in research achievement. I want to build on those strengths and make sure that the Department leads on developing the discipline and profession of landscape architecture and provides a challenging, supportive and enjoyable place to work and study”.

The new team will join existing executive members Director of Learning and Teaching Mel Burton and Staff Representative Dr Sally O'Halloran.

The Department of Landscape will also be joined by two new Lecturers, Joseph Claghorn and James Simpson.

Joseph joins the Department from Leibniz University Hannover, where he worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow, specialising in space making based on the patterns and processes of landscape. He previously studied Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Landscape Architecture at Harvard University and has worked as a Landscape Architect for AECOM in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

James originally joined the Department in 2008 to study for his BA and then MLA Landscape Architecture. Having taken the decision to move into research, he completed the MA Landscape Research in 2014, before commencing his PhD in Landscape Architecture and Psychology. James has worked as a tutor for the Department of Landscape Architecture on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.