Jess is Landscape Architect with over 30 years experience encompassing a wide range of projects throughout the UK and the Far East in the fields of sustainable landscape and public realm design and landscape and visual impact assessment.
Her particular interests lie in meaningful design and strategy formation that ensure the unique essence of place is celebrated in a collaborative response to the client’s aspirations. She has worked with various practices promoting a thoughtful approach to projects that challenge mediocrity in design and where possible encourage the users of the finished scheme to become involved in the design process. A Churchill Fellowship allowed her to compare the design and use of public open spaces in Japan and the USA, which gave her valuable insight into the differing aspirations cultures have towards their external urban environments.
Having spent the majority of her professional career in practice, Jess now teaches Landscape and Urban Design at Leeds Beckett University. Here she can share the knowledge learnt in practice and explore new ways in which our external environment needs to respond to the current demands placed upon it. Her underlying ethos is to create landscapes that this and future generations find beneficial and cherish.