Art is a chartered landscape architect with 30 years' experience working at some of the UK's top practices. Throughout his career he has been a passionate advocate of environmentally and socially aware design and sustainable development, but his approach is always pragmatic - To be sustainable, design must be:
justifiable, affordable, deliverable, useful, durable, adaptable and manageable.
Growing up in Cornwall in the 1980s, by the age of 15 Art was campaigning and raising money for environmental causes, and had established a local youth club for his village, and with no public transport, he became a cycling nut.
He gained first-hand experience of landscape construction, site and personnel management, and practical fabrication skills from summers working in a metalwork shop, a builder's yard and on environmental improvement schemes and put these to use on his parents' small-holding.
Combining his love of art, design and making with his passion for environmental, social and economic sustainability, Art studied landscape architecture at Gloucester from 1986 to 1990. Graduating top of his year, Art's student dissertation examined the regeneration of seaside resorts, and his final year student project was for an energy self-sufficient garden-village.
After initially working for an architectural practice's fledgling landscape office, and working freelance, Art was asked to work for BDP, where he learned to work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment, and gained a new passion - for design technology, and he soon became the London Landscape team's representative practice-wide, helping develop protocols and practice-wide QA. He worked on a range of projects including the new No1 Court Wimbledon, and his planting design won the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Grand Award in 1997.
His skills were sought by the smaller office of Robert Rummey - where he developed and delivered their CAD and IT infrastructure from scratch, and over five years worked on a range of exciting projects including the Stirling Prize nominated Coventry Phoenix Initiative, outgrowing the original office.
In 2002, he moved to LDA Design to help develop their small London office, working as right-hand man to kindred spirit John Hopkins on a range of public realm and landscape strategies, including the Barking Riverside masterplan and Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative. While John's passion for sustainable landscape saw him leave LDA for the Olympic Delivery Authority, where he became the Project Sponsor for the whole Parklands project, Art was offered the opportunity to lead the design and implementation of the Main Stadium with HED. Based on site, Art took the stadium through design stages 3 and 4, leading on design and day-to-day team management through the complex, phased planning and consultation process, and completion of construction packages. Alongside John Hyland, Art helped establish HED's permanent London presence, and leading public realm strategies for Battersea Power Station, New Covent Garden Market, West Hendon regeneration among others. He won, in open competition, and led the design, planning and construction of the refurbishment of Canterbury Cathedral Precincts, is the author of the Nine Elms Landscape and Public Realm Design Guide, and returned to Stratford to transform the London Stadium for Legacy use - proposing a sustainable and significantly more cost-effective and buildable design strategy. More recently he oversaw the 3 year design and construction of walled gardens and the environs of No1 Court, Wimbledon, completed in 2019, and the completion of roof garden terraces on sites in the City of London.
In late 2019, Art decided to set up his own design studio, which opened its doors in March 2020, focussing mostly on residential development and regeneration, and providing consultancy services for architects, developers.